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Salon’s Walsh on Tea Party group’s feud: ‘A pox on all their houses’

Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh said on Wednesday she had no preference in the fight between the leaders of the conservative group FreedomWorks — she wished ill on all of them. “A pox on all their houses,” Walsh told MSNBC host Chris Matthews and Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn.…

Philadelphia mayor: NRA’s armed school guards plan ‘a completely dumbass idea’

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter had harsh words on Wednesday for the National Rifle Association’s call to plant armed guards at every school in the country, citing the Dec. 24 shooting attack on firefighters in Webster, New York as proof the group’s proposal was untenable. “[A] guy sets a fire, firefighters…

Fox News guest slams ‘Zero Dark Thirty’: ‘Waterboarding is not torture’

Making a prisoner believe they’re drowning to death is not a form of torture, according to a guest on Wednesday morning’s broadcast of “Fox & Friends.” “Waterboarding is not torture,” former CIA operative Wayne Simmons said, critiquing the new film “Zero Dark Thirty.” “It is simply a technique used to…

Sam Donaldson to tea party: ‘It’s not your country anymore – it’s our country’

During an appearance on Chris Matthews‘ syndicated weekend talk show, ABC News contributor and analyst Sam Donaldson criticized the tea party and argued that the movement and the Republican party were becoming increasingly in danger of irrelevancy. “It’s the Tea Party and thinking of the Tea Party and people like…

GOP strategist: ‘I don’t think the NRA is listening’ to Americans

Republican strategist and CBS political analyst Frank Luntz said on CBS on Wednesday that both major political parties in the U.S. suffer from a disconnect with Americans, and that the NRA isn’t listening to the public’s views on gun policy. Citing a survey he conducted with the Republican Mainstream Partnership,…

Paper publishes database of gun owners in two New York counties

A newspaper in New York state published on Monday an extensive database of gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties, saying the information was in the public’s interest following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The Journal News immediately found itself at the center of a firestorm of controversy over the…

New Delhi on lockdown after violent gang-rape riots

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for calm on Monday after a weekend of riots left large swaths of New Delhi on police lockdown and all public transportation at a standstill. According to the Wall Street Journal, men and women filled the streets on Saturday and Sunday calling for harsher…

MSNBC guest: ‘There’s a clear path’ to turn Georgia blue in 2016

Following a discussion of U.S. Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC), an African American member of Congress recently appointed to replace outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), the panelists on UP with Chris Hayes discussed the possibility of Georgia turning blue in the next presidential election. “Georgia is a place that, whose demographics…

Harris-Perry guest: Potential change to Social Security ‘absolutely a cut’

On Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, panelists discussed the fact that Social Security was on the table in fiscal cliff negotiations — which has “progressives calling foul,” said guest host Joy Reid. She discussed a proposed plan to divorce Social Security benefits from cost of living increases and tie them instead…

CNN host to Hutchinson: People think ‘NRA does not take reality into consideration’

CNN host Candy Crowley on Sunday told former DEA head Asa Hutchinson that it was naive to talk about preventing gun violence without bringing up guns. Hutchinson, who is now a consultant for the National Rifle Association, said having armed security guards in schools was a “better solution” to mass shootings…

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