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Obama: ‘I will do everything in my power’ on gun control

In a direct response to a White House petition, President Barack Obama said Friday that he will do “everything in my power” to ensure gun control policies become law in 2013. The petition on the White House’s “We the People” website was submitted by a Texan and achieved 197,073 signatures…

Maddow: Entire conservative movement is ‘a complete mess’

Thursday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow took stock of Republicans — from where they stand on the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations to thier their overall message. If the wild, shouting-match free-for-all that went on under the Capitol dome Thursday night is any indication, the party is…

Female Marine captain on combat roles: Major ‘discrepancy’ between reality and policy

On Current TV’s The War Room, Marine Capt. Zoe Bedell — who is part of a federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU that aims to get the Pentagon to reverse course on the ban of women in combat — explains why she believes the rules should be changed. Guest host…

Bloomberg on NRA: ‘Connecticut is because of some of their actions’

On an episode of Nightline to air on Dec. 21, N.Y.C. Mayor Michael Bloomberg discussed the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and gun control policy in the U.S. When asked what he would like to say to the NRA, Bloomberg said, “In fact, Connecticut is because…

Bill Moyers: America ‘turned violence into a profit center’ and has ‘fetish with guns’

Moyers began his video essay on the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by reading the names of the children and adults murdered during the shooting that left almost 30 dead. “They will never forget,” he said of the family members of the deceased. “We mourn, move on, and too soon…

Kucinich: Obama’s Social Security cuts mean a ‘Cat Food Christmas’ for seniors

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama’s reported plan to cut Social Security by linking cost-of-living increases to the Chained Consumer Price Index — or “Chained CPI.” Earlier this week, Republicans told the The Associated Press that Obama had offered to use the chained CPI metric to…

Mosque arsonist tells court: ‘I only know what I hear on Fox News’

An Indiana man convicted of setting fire to a mosque in Ohio told a judge on Wednesday that he committed the crimes because Fox News and conservative talk radio had convinced him that “most Muslims are terrorists.” Randolph Linn, 52, accepted a plea deal in which he pled guilty to…

Booker to ‘explore’ Senate run in 2014

In a video published to YouTube on Thursday, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker (D) said he plans to serve out his second term as mayor, after which he will “explore the possibility of running” for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Booker’s video began with a summary of Newark’s economic…

Allen West: Hillary Clinton’s concussion is ‘Benghazi flu’

Defeated tea party-favorite Rep. Allen West (R-FL) suggested on Thursday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was only pretending to be sick and have a concussion to avoid testifying about the September attacks in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. The State…

Tarantino: Drug incarcerations are ‘slavery’ from ‘fear of the black male’

Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino says that race relations in America have gotten a lot better, but that that the so-called War on Drugs has “decimated the black male population” and it is continuing for “all the same reasons they had for keeping slavery going.” “It’s very depressing,” Tarantino told…

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