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Krugman: Budget proposals ‘only considered serious if you inflict pain on vulnerable people’

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman on Tuesday said it was “unfair” to accuse President Barack Obama of not putting forth serious reforms to Medicare amid the fiscal cliff negotiations. Krugman noted on PBS’ Newshour that Obamacare seeks to reduce Medicare costs without affecting eligibility or benefits. The law is estimated…

Bryan Fischer: Gun rights based on Christ’s teachings

Though the Bible and church historian Eusebius both tell of early Christians gleefully accepting death in the face of persecution, American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer said Tuesday that Jesus instructed his followers to use deadly force to defend themselves. “This whole concept of using a weapon for self-defense is rooted…

Republicans cite abortion, home schooling to defeat UN disability treaty

Republican Senators on Tuesday voted to block a United Nations treaty that would have helped to protect disabled Americans — including veterans — while they are in foreign countries. Thirty-eight Republicans voted no, giving them five votes more than necessary to defeat the United Nations Convention on the Rights of…

GOP Rep. Blackburn suggests Democrats have more female career politicians

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) downplayed the Democratic party’s representative advantage when it came to women in congressional leadership Tuesday, suggesting that more of female Democrats are career politicians. “I think you will see more [women] in those positions at the federal level,” said Blackburn, who has served since 2003. “They…

Bob Shrum schools Ron Johnson: ‘Fantasyland’ to credit Reagan for Clinton economy

Tea party-backed Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) says that former Republican President Ronald Reagan is responsible for the country’s economic success under former Democratic President Bill Clinton and the American people “don’t really understand” economic growth. Johnson told CNN host Soledad O’Brien on Tuesday that it would not be necessary to…

O’Reilly: Cardinal Dolan ‘should have done an exorcism’ on Caroline Kennedy over women’s rights

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly suspects that demonic possession may be responsible for Caroline Kennedy’s support of reproductive rights for women and that conservative Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan “should have performed an exorcism” on her when he had the chance at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) earlier this year. During…

Maddow makes the case for more stimulus

On her show Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow argued in favor of additional government investments in the economy, describing the federal deficit as a secondary problem. “Focusing on the debt and deficit to the exclusion of everything else is like arguing about the color you might paint your car…

Bill Nye warns fiscal cliff science cuts ‘will take the wind out of our sails’

Appearing Monday night on Current TV, “science guy” Bill Nye warned that cuts to science and research funding could harm job growth in the United States. “What makes the U.S. economy what it is is innovation — this tradition of doing new things or of ingenuity,” he told host Jennifer…

McCain calls Kerry ‘Mr. Secretary,’ Kerry responds ‘Thank you, Mr. President’

At a press conference urging the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) jokingly referred to his colleague Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as “Mr. Secretary.” “Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary,” McCain said following Kerry’s remarks on the treaty. But Kerry…

Rocker Andrew W.K: I don’t know why State Dept. nixed Bahrain trip

Rock singer and motivational speaker Andrew W.K. said Monday he was stunned by both his invitation to visit Bahrain as a cultural ambassador and the sudden cancellation of the trip last week by the U.S. State Department. “As I understood it, Bahrain was very excited about this trip,” he told…

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