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Moyers guest: Lobbyist concerns more important to Congress than ‘concerns of middle America’

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VA) was on Moyers and Company on Friday to discuss a loophole written into the fiscal cliff deal that allows a major biotechnology company to avoid cost controls on certain Medicare drugs — which amounts to a half a billion dollar tax break. The New York…

CNN’s O’Brien tricks opponent of women in combat into endorsing racial segregation

Friday morning on CNN’s “Starting Point,” anchor Soledad O’Brien hosted a panel to discuss Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s decision to lift the ban on women on women in combat. One guest, who was arguing vociferously against equality for military women, got a surprise when O’Brien got him to agree…

CNN host calls out S.C. sheriff on refusal to enforce weapons ban

A South Carolina sheriff who publicly declared he won’t enforce any new gun safety laws he deems unconstitutional accused Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Friday of introducing a “scary” new proposal designed to undermine the Second Amendment. “I believe that there is a goal to ultimately take as many firearms…

Jindal’s keynote speech tells Republicans to ‘stop being the stupid party’

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) told a group of Republican leaders on Thursday that the GOP’s brand had been hurt by candidates saying “offensive and bizarre comments” and it was time to “stop being the stupid party.” In his keynote address at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in North…

Woman vet awarded Purple Heart: ‘My gender just never came up’ in combat

Thursday night on Current TV’s “Viewpoint,” host John Fugelsang was joined by Air National Guard search and rescue pilot Maj. M.J. Hegar, who was awarded a Purple Heart medal after being injured in the line of duty. Hegar is one of the plaintiffs in an ACLU lawsuit challenging the Department of…

Soledad tells former RNC chair: Minorities ‘know you and they… don’t like you’

CNN host Soledad O’Brien on Friday advised former Republican National Committee Chairman Mel Martinez that Republicans would need to do more that just encourage African-Americans and Hispanics to get to know them better because “they know you and they decided they don’t like you.” Speaking with Martinez before the the…

Gingrich: Calling an AR-15 an assault weapon is ‘lovely propaganda’

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says that AR-15 military-style rifles should not be banned and that it is just “lovely propaganda” to call them “assault weapons.” Following the introduction on Thursday of Sen. Diane Feinstein’s (D-CA) bill to ban assault weapons, CNN host Piers Morgan reminded Gingrich that Aurora…

Feds: ‘Ex-Marine’ with ‘right-wing’ manifesto built bombs for cocaine, hoarded assault weapons

A Colorado man, who said that he was an ex-Marine and claimed a “right-wing declaration of independence/constitutionalist political manifesto,” built improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to trade for cocaine and hoarded several military-style assault weapons that may have been converted to machine guns, the Department of Justice said on Thursday. According…

Maddow rips into Reid for caving to Republicans on filibuster reform

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow slammed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday night for watering-down his filibuster reform proposal at the last minute. “This was the day that everybody had been waiting for in terms of changing how the Senate operates, and if you hear sad trombones, that’s why,”…

FEC vice chair Don McGahn: Opponents of Citizens United ruling want to ‘silence speech’

Donald McGahn, the Republican vice chair of the Federal Election Commission, defended the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision in video published Thursday by the Cato Institute. The Supreme Court held in 2010 that restrictions on independent political spending by corporations and unions violated the First Amendment. The ruling paved…

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