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LaPierre: Ban assault weapons and ‘you limit the ability to survive’

National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Sunday argued that banning assault weapons limited the ‘ability to survive’ and that high-capacity magazines should not be outlawed because women need more bullets. During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace pointed out to LaPierre that Supreme Court Justice…

Gun-control group’s Super Bowl ad seizes on past NRA statement

Past statements by the National Rifle Association (NRA) supporting of background checks for all gun sales are at the center of a new advertisement by the gun-control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The New York Times reported on Saturday that the ad, which will air in the Washington, D.C. area…

Nebraska Lt. Gov. Sheehy quits after revelation of 2,000 improper late-night calls

Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy (R) resigned on Saturday morning after a newspaper investigation revealed that he had made thousands of late-night phone calls to women who were not his wife over a four-year period. The Omaha World-Herald reported that Sheehy made around 2,000 such calls on his state-issued cellular…

Hayes and panel: Marco Rubio will likely face right-wing backlash

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes and panelists discussed the political prospects of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R), who some see as a top contender for the Republican Party’s hopes in 2016. Panelists Aaron Pena of the Hispanic Republican Caucus of Texas and Lorella Praeli…

Maddow: Rand Paul and other whack-job conservatives eroding U.S. standing in the world

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed how the clownish antics of conservatives on Capitol Hill are beginning to affect the standing of the U.S. in the world. She touched on recent conspiracy theories from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) about the raid on the U.S. consulate…

Egypt protests galvanized by video of police beating naked man

Opponents of Mohamed Morsi say the footage proves that the president has chosen to order a brutal crackdown A video of a protester being beaten and stripped naked has galvanised protests against the police and government in Egypt. Hamada Saber, a middle-aged man, remained in a police hospital on Saturday,…

Maher: ‘Con men’ like Beck and Limbaugh ‘don’t care about winning elections,’ just making money

Maher discussed Sarah Palin’s parting with Fox News during his New Rule segment on Friday. “New rule: liberals have to stop gloating about Sarah Palin getting dumped by Fox News, even though it happened less than a day after Bobby Jindal told his fellow Republicans to ‘stop being the stupid…

Maher: ‘Obama’s cooties are so bad’ that ‘even when you’re a Republican’ the GOP hates you

On Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, the host expressed his frustration with the GOP in the past few days. “I thought after the election, they’d get more reasonable,” Maher began after stating that Republicans had “disappointed him” this week. But after “browbeating” Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, Maher said…

Moyers guest on drone strikes: ‘Government’s interpretation of the law’ is ‘akin to a state secret’

On his Friday show, Bill Moyers had Vincent Warren, the executive director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Vicki Divoll, who used to serve as a legal advisor to the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center, to discuss torture, drone strikes, and President Obama. Divoll also authored an op-ed for the New…

Taibbi tells Moyers: You can’t let Wall Street off the hook and jail someone for ‘a joint in his pocket’

President Barack Obama’s administration, journalist Matt Taibbi said in an interview with Bill Moyers, has likely accepted the explanation made by advisors who used to work at the same Wall Street firms that instigated the U.S. economy’s instability in recent years. “People like Bob Rubin and Larry Summers, who are…

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