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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…

Moyers guest: Public campaign financing pushes voters to ‘have a little skin in the game’

Bill Moyers had Dan Cantor, the executive director of the progressive Working Families Party and Jonathan Soros, a lawyer and senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, on his show to discuss how to stop money from heavily influencing politics — specifically, public campaign financing. Soros said that reforms regarding money…

Christian radio hosts: Boy Scouts lifting gay ban would lead to having ‘a Jerry Sandusky as your scout master’

Christian radio hosts Matt Barber and Mat Staver unleashed a torrent of anti-LGBT fearmongering on their “Faith and Freedom” show on Friday in complaining about the Boy Scouts of America’s possible lifting of its ban on gay members. Media Matters reported. “It makes no sense to have a Jerry Sandusky…

Former San Diego mayor blames brain tumor for stealing $2 million from charity

A former California mayor admitted in federal court on Thursday to stealing more than $2 million from her dead husband’s charity to fuel a $1 billion gambling binge. According to KPCC-FM, Maureen O’Connor revealed her activities as part of an deferred-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The former…

Fox Business host: Preschool is just Obama ‘handing out goodies’ to the poor

Fox Business host Stuart Varney is blasting President Barack Obama’s proposal to provide high-quality early education for poor and middle-class children, saying that the plan is just Democrats handing out “goodies” and “free stuff” in an attempt to buy votes. During a segment titled “Who’s Ruining the Economy?” Varney joined…

Cornel West: Obama is a ‘war criminal’ who has killed ‘over 200 children’

Appearing on the radio Thursday with host Tavis Smiley, professor Cornel West argued that President Barack Obama is, like Presidents George W. Bush and Richard Nixon before him, a “war criminal” uniquely responsible for the deaths of “over 200 children.” West’s words were in response to a question about the…

Maddow on GOP blocking Hagel: ‘This is a fresh hell in American politics’

Thursday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow turned her sights on the unprecedented move by the Republicans to block the nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense. The level of obstructionism as most recently signified by the act of blocking every move that President…

Hannity: Unprecedented filibuster of Hagel is ‘a big win’ for Republicans

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday congratulated Republicans for successfully using a filibuster to temporarily block a president’s nominee for secretary of defense — former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) — for the first time in the history of the U.S. Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday said…

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