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Rep. Markey: Romney had to disclaim climate change to win nomination

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) said Thursday night that he was disappointed to see Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney disavow his belief in climate change. As the governor of Massachusetts, Romney had worked to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. But at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Romney joked about…

Rep. Nadler blasts House Republicans over warrantless wiretapping

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Wednesday blasted the Republican majority in the House over a five year extension of the warrantless wiretapping provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). “While it is appropriate for our government to gather foreign intelligence, and while some degree of secrecy is necessary, it…

Pat Robertson: Muslims ‘go crazy’ because they have the spirit of a ‘wild donkey’

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Wednesday responded to this week’s attacks on the U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya by explaining to his viewers that Muslims “go crazy” when Islam is insulted because they can’t defend the tenets of their religion. On Tuesday, U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and at…

Florida Tea Party event turns into confrontation with protesters

A Tuesday press conference in Tampa, Florida, criticizing a local Islamic leader’s school appearance was interrupted by protesters denouncing the organizers for using hateful rhetoric. WTVT-TV reported that the gathering, involving the “Education Coalition” of a local Christian organization, the Community Issues Council (CIC), was intended to protest local school…

Chuck Todd: Romney ‘outrageous’ and ‘irresponsible’ for politicizing U.S. deaths in Libya

MSNBC hosts Chuck Todd and Lawrence O’Donnell say that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney miscalculated badly when he decided to attack President Barack Obama for “sympathizing” with the enemy after the deaths of U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and at least three members of his staff. In the hours…

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…

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