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Black Nebraska lawmaker shames Republicans: Jesus ‘looked more like me than you all’

Republican Nebraska state Sen. Mark Christensen says that a fellow lawmaker might go to hell because “he doesn’t have the relationship that it takes to be a Christian or go to Heaven” after filibustering a bill that would expand prison work camps to provide labor for nonprofit organizations. Sen. Ernie…

Maddow chronicles self-destruction of the headless Republican Party

On her show Wednesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow detailed how poor of a shape the Republican Party was in, pointing out the various ways the GOP was at battle with itself. “What is going on with the Republican Party right now?” she wondered. “I mean, who is in charge?…

Famed geneticist Francis Collins blasts cuts to science funding

Geneticist Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, said Wednesday that biomedical research had “never been under greater stress” due to budget cuts. “It’s a difficult time in our country,” he said on PBS Newshour. “I get that. The fiscal situation is, clearly, very serious, and so…

Ted Cruz: Obama ‘is the most radical president’ ever

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says that President Barack Obama “is the most radical president we’ve ever seen,” but Republicans who failed to stick to conservative principles are also to blame for the nation’s problems. In an interview that aired Wednesday on Pat Robertson’s 700 Club, CBN’s David Brody told Cruz…

Beck: ‘Medical fact’ that video games were ‘gateway drug’ to Newtown massacre

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck opposes gun control legislation in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut because he says that it’s a “medical fact” that video games are the “gateway drug” that lead to mass shootings. “We are, I think, the only network that is sticking to the…

Man who slapped baby and used n-word turns himself in

An Idaho man who reportedly slapped a crying child and ordered the boy’s mother to “shut that [n-word] baby up” on a Delta airlines flight has turned himself in to police. According to CNN, Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho surrendered to authorities on Tuesday in his home state and…

Jesse Jackson Jr. could face 5-year prison term for misusing funds

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) could spend nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including wire fraud, mail fraud and lying to investigators of using $750,000 in campaign funds for personal gain. WMAQ-TV reported on Wednesday that Jackson accepted and filed a plea bargain agreement last…

Michigan hospital admits considering swastika-tattooed man’s request for no black nurses

A Michigan hospital on Tuesday admitted that it had considered honoring a man’s request that no African-American nurses care for his baby, but it insisted that the idea was eventually rejected. Tonya Battle, who has worked as a nurse at Hurley Medical Center for 25 years, told the Detroit Free…

Missouri lawmaker uses assault weapons ban bill for target practice

A Missouri lawmaker on Tuesday expressed opposition to an assault weapons ban proposed by Democrats by taking the bill to a local shooting range and riddling it with bullet holes. In a shocking video posted to YouTube, Republican state Rep. Eric Burlison explains that House Bill 545 would make it…

Maddow: Regular Americans routinely ask tougher questions than whiny Beltway media

On Tuesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow examined the gap between what average Americans are concerned about and what the Beltway press corps is concerned about, and how these concerns are reflected in the kinds of questions they ask when given access to politicians. Parents…

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