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Virginia Tech survivor: We must create climate for politicians to ‘step up and lead’ on gun control

A gun control advocate and school shooting survivor told MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry on Saturday that voters must create the environment for politicians to move forward when it comes to instituting more stringent firearms regulations. “We’ve expressed our sympathies, we’ve expressed our condolences, and our action has ended there,” said…

LIVE: Connecticut officials give updates in Sandy Hook shooting investigation

Connecticut State Police are doing a press conference about the Newtown shooting investigation. Watch the video, embedded below via NBC News: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Amy Goodman on ‘Up’: ‘Gun control is the answer right now’

Saturday morning on “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes welcomed a panel including Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!; Howard Wolfson of the New York City mayor’s office; Dave Cullen, author of Columbine and radio host Esther Armah. They discussed the role played by mental illness in attacks like the…

Seattle courts dropping charges in pot possession cases

Prosecutors in King County, Washington are dropping charges against people arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana.  According to Seattle’s Fox affiliate station KPCQ, the court is taking the measure as a means of saving money and resources for the legal system. In November, voters in Colorado and Washington…

Maddow: Time for U.S. to get over its ‘hysterical fear’ of gun control

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow said that in light of Friday’s senseless murders in Newtown, Connecticut, the time to talk about gun control is now, in spite of the admonishments of the Fox News Channel, the NRA and even President Barack Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney.…

Moyers: ‘Washington’s revolving door’ is the core of America’s corruption

In a special comment on Friday’s episode of “Moyers and Company,” the former press secretary to President Lyndon Johnson pointed out what he believes to be at the very core of corruption in Washington, D.C.: “the revolving door” between working in government and lobbying it. “[The] revolving door culture… that…

Pres. Obama addresses the nation about the Connecticut school shooting

President Barack Obama addressed the nation about the tragedy today in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty-four-year-old Ryan Lanza walked into the principal’s office at the school and killed the principal and school psychiatrist. He then went to the classroom where his mother was teaching kindergartners and opened…

Tony Perkins: Boy Scouts’ anti-LGBT policies ‘make good citizens’ who are ‘morally straight’

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins is defending the Boy Scouts of America’s policy banning gay members by saying the organization wanted to “make good citizens” by encouraging scouts to be “morally straight.” In a letter earlier this week, Perkins had blasted UPS CEO D. Scott Davis after the…

20 children, 6 adults killed in shooting at Connecticut elementary school

Police in Newtown, Connecticut are responding to a report of shots fired at Sandy Hook Elementary School. According to the Hartford Courant, there are a number of injured parties at the scene. Shortly after 9:40 a.m., police reported that a gunman was in the school’s main office. A person in…

Mitchell to Maddow: GOP will ‘pay a higher price’ for scuttling Rice nomination than White House

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw her name for consideration as potential Secretary of State. The sudden reversal is bound to cause a bit of turmoil in its wake in that there is no clear successor…

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