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White House hopeful Jill Stein: Time to empty prisons of non-violent marijuana users

Speaking at Seattle’s Hempfest last week, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein voiced her support for marijuana legislation. Stein, a long-time physician and teacher, said the first thing she would do as president would be to direct the Drug Enforcement Administration to declassify marijuana as a Schedule I substance, the…

Romney team releases new version of widely discredited welfare ad

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign on Monday released a new advertisement that repeats claims that have been widely been denounced as untrue. “Since 1996, welfare recipients were required to work. This bipartisan reform successfully reduced welfare rolls. Only July 12, Obama quietly ended the work requirement, gutting welfare reform. One of…

Romney wishes to live in New Hampshire and ‘save some tax dollars’

Mitt Romney may have a lower effective tax rate than many middle-class Americans, but he’s still dreaming of ways to pay even less. At a town hall-style event in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told supporters that he could “save me some tax dollars” if…

Akin apologizes: ‘I was talking about forcible rape’

The Republican Senate candidate from Missouri on Monday said he had made “serious mistakes” by claiming that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.” In his first interview since telling KTVI-TV that “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Todd Akin expressed his…

Obama admonishes Akin: ‘Rape is rape’

Update (below): House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) condemns Republicans for partnering with Akin Speaking to reporters during Monday’s daily press briefing, President Barack Obama admonished Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) for suggesting that women do not get pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape,” seizing on the comments as a chance to…

Bill Kristol: ‘Kinda weird’ Romney pays lower tax rate than middle-class people

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol on Monday admitted that it was “kinda weird” that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s tax rate was only around 13 percent when most middle-class people paid significantly more. “The custom over the last 20-30 years, I suppose, has been to release at least a…

Soledad O’Brien tries to get Christine O’Donnell to define the word ‘Marxist’

CNN host Soledad O’Brien finally had an Inigo Montoya moment on Monday, and all it took was former Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell misusing the word “Marxist.” Granted, it’s not the first time O’Donnell, a longtime anti-abortion activist, has called the president or Democrats “Marxist.” She even used the term…

Scarborough on Akin: ‘This Republican party does not want to win’

Conservative MSNBC host Scarborough on Monday lamented that a recent assertion by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin about “legitimate” rape showed that the Republican Party was continually “shooting themselves in the foot” by nominating the most extreme candidates. During an interview with a local TV station over the weekend, Akin…

McCaskill: Rape remarks are a ‘window into Todd Akin’s mind’

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Monday said that it was “jaw dropping and stunning” for her Republican opponent for Senate to claim that women who are victims of “legitimate” would not get pregnant. “This statement is kind of window into Todd Akin’s mind,” McCaskill explained to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. “If…

Shuster: Sununu seems like he ‘hasn’t taken his medication’

Current TV correspondent David Shuster on Sunday joked that John Sununu “hasn’t taken his medication” because the former New Hampshire governor told a CNN host to “put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead.” During an interview on CNN last week, Sununu, who chairs presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s…

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