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Rep. Blackburn: Republicans ‘are the party of big ideas’

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Sunday insisted that Republicans opposed raising taxes on the wealthy and supported cutting earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare because they were “the party of big ideas.” “Inside the [Republican] caucus, what people are looking at is how do we solve the system-wide problem,”…

Sen. Corker: Debt ceiling is Republican ‘leverage’ to cut ‘entitlements’

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) says that his party should agree to raise taxes on the wealthy before January because Republicans can force cuts to earned benefits like Medicare and Social Security next year by holding the debt ceiling hostage. “I do think it’s time for the president — he knows…

‘Zombie Apocalypse’ training group questions GOP senator’s criticisms

The training group behind a “zombie apocalypse” exercise ripped by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) pushed back against his criticism, KNSD-TV reported Friday. “It’s been insinuated that Homeland Security and taxpayer money was used to fund the summit and that’s where we are seeing the most backlash,” said Halo Corporation…

Harris-Perry guest: It’s ‘astonishing’ that alcohol is legal and pot isn’t

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” host Melissa Harris Perry and a panel made up of Doug Fine, the author of “Too High to Fail,” filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, Reason magazine editor Matt Welch and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) discussed whether or not stereotypical notions of “stoners” — i.e., marijuana users…

Hayes: Is ‘energy independence’ worth becoming ‘Saudi America’?

Saturday on “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes discussed the ways a looming fossil fuel boom could change U.S. society, as well as the impact it could have on our environment and standing in the world. Is the promise of so-called “energy independence” worth the risk of turning our…

Anderson Cooper destroys GOP Sen. Lee’s argument against U.N. disability treaty

Friday night on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Cooper welcomed Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to discuss Lee’s vote against the United Nations treaty for the “Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”  Cooper questioned why Republicans are so dead set against a treaty that would ultimately have no power over established U.S. laws. “Senator,…

Maddow show guest: DOMA case ‘ingeniously crafted’ as states’ rights issue

On The Rachel Maddow show on Dec. 7, guest host Ezra Klein tracked the law on interracial marriage to draw comparisons to the current debate on same-sex marriage and how the Supreme Court may rule, now that it has decided to take two separate cases that deal with the issue.…

Californians react to Supreme Court decision to rule on Prop 8

Californians are reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to rule on Proposition 8, a ballot measure that banned same-sex marriages after the state granted same-sex couples that right, reported CBS Sacramento. Many same-sex couples were disappointed, the station said, as they were hoping the court would decline to take the…

Drug legalization ‘worst thing that could happen’ to organized crime, say advocates

In light of the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the BBC interviewed two advocates of further reforms, both in the U.S. and world-wide. The BBC sat down with Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the N.Y.C.-based Drug Policy Alliance, and Richard Branson, chair of Virgin Group. His son produced…

Nate Silver to Conan: GOP should take up drug legalization like ‘a rational political party’

In a fascinating long-form interview with late night talk show host Conan O’Brien published online Friday, New York Times pollster wiz Nate Silver said — while wearing a Cookie Monster T-shirt — that a “rational” Republican Party should take up drug legalization, among other issues, if it hopes to stay…

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