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Maddow: New voter ID laws ensure only the famous have the right to vote

“What exactly does ‘legally entitled to vote’ mean in Pennsylvania now, anyway?” Rachel Maddow wondered on her show Tuesday night. For one thing, she said, it can mean being well-known enough to gain authorities’ sympathy when dealing with the state’s restrictive voter identification laws, as in the case of CNBC’s…

Reporter Kurt Eichenwald blasts Ari Fleischer over 9/11 ‘truther’ accusation

Tuesday on CNN, reporter Kurt Eichenwald confronted Ari Fleischer after the former White House Press Secretary accused him of believing that George W. Bush was behind the September 11 terror attacks. “Now, I am kind of angry at Ari today, because the first thing he did was send out a…

ACLU security expert: post-9/11 security measures show ‘we took a wrong turn’

A security expert with the American Civil Liberties Union told MSNBC’s Alex Morgan Tuesday that the U.S. “took a wrong turn” in handling civil liberties since the 9-11 attacks. “We have to acknowledge and grapple with the fact that, in the post-9/11 era, we took a wrong turn in this…

Florida sheriff offers to prove pistol prowess by ‘shooting at’ female opponent

The 69-year-old sheriff of Leon County, Florida is offering to prove that he is still a good shot by using his political opponents as target practice. On Tuesday, Think Progress published audio of Sheriff Larry Campbell talking about the importance of “pistol proficiency” during a recent public forum. “I’ve been…

CNBC host calls economists Paul Krugman and Dean Baker ‘co-communists’

On Tuesday, Joe Kernan, host of the the CNBC show “Squawk Box” called Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Dean Baker “co-communists.” Attacking a Huffington Post piece debunking claims Burnett made about Federal Reserve policy, Kernan…

Firearms magazine ‘truly sorry’ for saying ‘pocket sized machine gun’ not for civilians

The editor of a firearms magazine is backing down after saying that civilians should not be allowed to purchase the MP7A1 — a concealable submachine gun that was specifically designed to penetrate body armor — because the weapon had no “sporting applications.” “[T]he MP71A [sic] is unavailable to civilians and…

Reporter: Bush ‘negligence’ ignored pre-9/11 warnings

Reporter Kurt Eichenwald, author of a key book exploring the terror war, castigates the Bush administration in a New York Times editorial published Sept. 11, 2012 for covering up months of “negligence” that led to the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. 11 years ago. Eichenwald claims…

Fox News uses 9/11 to falsely attack Obama for omitting God

The hosts of Fox & Friends took advantage of the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 on Tuesday to accuse President Obama of forgetting God and not telling Americans to pray for the dead — even though the president had issued a proclamation doing just that only four days earlier.…

Dan Rather: Romney campaign has more twists than a pretzel factory

Appearing Monday night on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Dan Rather said that Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign was having an incredibly hard time focusing on the economy and job growth. “Here’s his basic problem,” he explained. “We talked about it before. Does this man know what it is he believes?…

Central figure in election-rigging scandal goes missing as FBI probes Republican Rep.

A political strategist is thought to be on the lam after she failed to show up for an interview with prosecutors about a campaign scandal involving Rep. David Rivera (R-FL). Authorities last week raided Ana Alliegro’s apartment and seized her computer and cell phone. She was scheduled to speak to…

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