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Chris Hayes and panel discuss pope and role of Catholic Church in people’s lives

On UP with Chris Hayes on Sunday, the host used the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI as jumping off point to discuss religion in contemporary society. Hayes mentioned that Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, claims that “we are likely to witness an explosion in voyeurism, as well as…

Harris-Perry: Will black community fight drug war if they believe ‘what is wrong with us is us’?

On MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, the host and her panel discussed President Obama’s Friday speech, “specifically the moment when he said, ‘We should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood,’” Harris-Perry said. Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair in the Department of Religious Studies…

Carson says 2016 run ‘up to God’ after pushing flat tax at National Prayer Breakfast

The pediatric neurosurgeon who shocked Washington by using his speech at the non-partisan National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month to suggest that the Bible calls for a flat tax now says that God might tell him to run for president in 2016. As President Barack Obama sat just a few…

ABC confronts Paul Ryan for praising sequester before using it to slam Obama

ABC News host Jonathan Karl on Sunday suggested that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was guilty of hypocrisy because he slammed President Barack Obama for the automatic spending cuts in the so-called sequester — even though congressman had personally praised it in the past. “Don’t forget it was the president who…

Conservative Australia ex-PM: Assault weapons ban is public safety, ‘not a left/right issue’

John Howard, the conservative former prime minister of Australia, says that pro-gun advocates in the United States are wrong to oppose an assault weapons ban like the one he pushed for after a 1996 mass shooting because public safety is not a “liberal/conservative issue.” On Sunday, Howard told CNN’s Fareed…

Woodward scolds Rove for fixing elections with Soviet-style ‘Politburo’

Author Bob Woodward on Sunday blasted Republican strategist Karl Rove for creating a super PAC that acts as a Soviet-style “Politburo” with the de facto power to decide Republican primaries. During a panel segment on Fox News Sunday, Rove insisted that he had founded the Conservative Victory Project super PAC…

Lindsey Graham: Slash health care so sequester cuts won’t ‘destroy the military’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday suggested that President Barack Obama’s health care programs for the middle class should be slashed to stop scheduled sequester cuts from “destroying the military.” During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace point out that the White House has said that if…

Mother of slain inaugural performer demands action from Congress

The mother of Hadiya Pendelton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot to death one week after performing at President Barack Obama’s inauguration has made a PSA demanding action on gun safety from Congress. Cleopatra Cowley-Pendelton joined forces with the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns to produce the 30-second ad spot.…

Maddow blasts ‘space cadet’ Rand Paul’s conspiracy theories

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the mainstreaming of paranoid, right-wing conspiracy theories, and how politicians like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are taking these wild-eyed fantasies off of the Internet and talk radio and bringing them to bear in national politics. She began by discussing…

Maher on Hagel: Based on GOP statements ‘the Israelis are controlling our government’

On Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, the host took issue with Senate Republican’s blocking of Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as Secretary of Defense — actions which have been called unprecedented by Democrats, although USA Today reports that leading senators claim that they will allow a vote the week of…

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