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Reagan-appointed judge: Deregulation advocates made a fundamental mistake

Richard Posner, a well-respected federal judge, said Thursday on Current TV that he no longer believed the financial industry should not be regulated. “I was an advocate of the deregulation movement and I made — along with other, a lot of smarter people — made a fundamental mistake, which is…

Martin Bashir blasts Republican strategist for ‘demeaning’ General Dempsey

On his show Thursday afternoon, MSNBC host Martin Bashir angrily chastised Republican strategist Trey Hardin, accusing him of demeaning top U.S. general Martin Dempsey. Hardin said that members of the military did not respect President Barack Obama and that leaders of other countries wanted Obama to win because he was…

Tony Perkins downplays ‘legitimate rape’ as a ‘Biden-ism’

Family Research Council President Tony Perkin on Thursday defended Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), saying that his assertion that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape” was the type of innocent gaffe that Vice President Joe Biden might make. Perkins told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that he met with Akin in…

Kilmeade: It’s a ‘sin’ to cut defense spending

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade says that cutting defense spending is just not the Christian thing to do. During a Thursday Fox & Friends segment about a defense industry-sponsored study that warns unemployment will rise if Congress does not find a way to avert $500 billion in sequestration cuts, Kilmeade…

Soledad O’Brien grills RNC official for not including rape exception in platform

The Republican Party’s communications director is explaining the abortion ban in his party’s platform by saying it doesn’t include an exception for rape — but it also doesn’t NOT include an exception. RNC communication director Sean Spicer worked hard not to pinned down on Thursday as he found himself in…

Coulter: Republicans should nuke ‘selfish swine’ Todd Akin

The fallout from Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) comments on “legitimate rape” is so severe that right-wing author Ann Coulter thinks conservatives have no choice but to drop an electoral “nuclear bomb” on him in the form of a write-in campaign. “This is a problem,” Coulter said during an appearance on…

Maddow: Politicians running from their records say hilariously stupid things

Wednesday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow talked about the problems that politicians run into when they try to run from their record rather than running on their record. Oftentimes this results in situations where candidates are left blinking and staring like stunned bunnies in the headlights…

Jerry Springer: Obama is running against Paul Ryan

Television host Jerry Springer said Wednesday night that President Barack Obama was actually running against Mitt Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). “This election is between Barack Obama and Paul Ryan,” he said on CNN. “Romney is almost irrelevant to it, because Paul Ryan is the budget that this…

Maddow: Libertarians could kick Romney off the Washington ballot

On her show Wednesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained how the Libertarian Party might get presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney removed from the ballot in Washington State. Earlier this month, the Libertarian Party of Washington State filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent Romney’s name from being printed on…

Robert Reich: Ryan budget worse than Bush’s economic plan

University of California professor Robert Reich blasted Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed budget plan, saying it would help the rich while hurting the poor. “It’s much worse than what we tried under George W. Bush,” he said on Current TV. “The tax cuts that Ryan wants to provide to the…

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