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Ex-White House spokesman Robert Gibbs: I was told to deny the drone program existed

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday he was instructed to deny the administration’s use of targeted drone strikes against suspected terrorists. “When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was you’re not even to acknowledge the drone…

Former FBI profiler: ‘Video games do not cause violence’

A former FBI profiler on Sunday warned that some gun advocates were making a mistake by rushing to blame the December mass shooting of 20 children in Connecticut on violent video games. Following a CBS News report that investigators had found a “trove” of video games in the home of…

Louisiana governor Jindal: Republicans can win while opposing LGBT rights

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday said that Republicans could win elections while continuing to discriminate against LGBT people because they an “aspirational party” with a vision for private sector growth. In a column for The American Conservative last week, Mormon former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman argued that…

Coburn: Congress should ‘eliminate the recordkeeping’ on guns in the U.S.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on Sunday said that Republicans would block any effort to extend background checks to include private firearms sales unless Congress agreed to “eliminate the recordkeeping” on guns in the United States. Coburn, who is one of four senators working for a bipartisan bill to expand background…

National Prayer Breakfast speaker lectured Obama on flat tax to ‘please’ God

Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon who shocked Washington when he used his speech at the non-partisan National Prayer Breakfast to lecture President Barack Obama on the flat tax earlier this month, is defending his rant by insisting that he was just trying to “please” God. As the president was…

Obama: Republicans want to ‘protect tax loopholes for corporate jet owners’

In a weekly address published Saturday, President Barack Obama urged Congress to avert looming across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester and slammed his Republican opponents. “Are Republicans in Congress really willing to let these cuts fall on our kids’ schools and mental health care just to protect tax loopholes…

Chris Wallace on Hagel: ‘I’m impugning his competence’

Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday questioned if former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) even had the “competence” necessary to be the secretary of defense. During an interview with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Wallace pointed out that Hagel had admitted to misspeaking during his Senate confirmation hearing when he suggested…

Chris Hayes: I’ll only appear at CPAC if you include GOProud

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes addressed an invitation he received to speak at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Hayes said that he would be happy to appear at the conference if the Republican LGBT group GOProud would be included among the co-sponsors…

Maddow guest: Texas senator claimed 12 Harvard professors were ‘Marxists’

On Rachel Maddow’s Friday show, the host discussed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and whether he bears any similarity to the infamous Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who instigated a communist witch hunt in the 1950s. Cruz has been part of the GOP opposition to the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel…

‘Birther’ Arpaio supporter’s lawsuit reveals ignorance of election law

“Birther” activist and attorney Larry Klayman is threatening to sue Respect Arizona, the group behind a recall effort aimed at controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. According to the Associated Press, Klayman’s freshly established group, Citizens To Protect Fair Election Results, insists that the recall effort is “unconstitutional” and that it…

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