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Plouffe says GOP primary a ‘clown show’ for Trayvon Martin comments

White House senior advisor David Plouffe on Sunday blasted several Republican presidential candidates after they claimed President Barack Obama was trying to divide America by speaking about an unarmed African American teen in Florida who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch enthusiast. Responding to a reporter on Friday, Obama…

Santorum campaign denies equating ‘sworn enemy’ Ahmadenijad with Obama

A spokesman for Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign has denied that a recent dystopian advertisement subtly equates President Barack Obama and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The ominous 60-second ad, “Obamaville,” shows boarded-up buildings and empty playgrounds, suggesting that Obama is destroying the United States. “Small businesses are struggling and families are…

Paul Ryan would ‘consider’ Romney-Ryan ticket

House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) says that he would be willing to “consider” accepting a nomination to be his party’s vice presidential nominee. Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday asked Ryan if he would accept the VP slot if the Republican presidential nominee wanted him to be…

Bill Moyers and Andrew Bacevich discuss ‘neo-con armchair warriors’ and the futility of ‘endless’ war

To mark the nine-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, this week’s episode of Moyers & Company featured a fascinating discussion with West Point graduate, Vietnam vet and scholar Andrew Bacevich. Bacevich is the noted author of the best-seller The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. Host…

Watch live: Military press conference on charges in Afghan massacre

Image by United States Army (http://info.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/index.htm) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Obama meets Hawaiian woman, asks to see her birth certificate

Well, Rahm Emmanuel may be long gone from the White House, but some small aspect of his “Never let a crisis go to waste” philosophy clearly lives on in our Commander in Chief. Hectored since even before his inauguration about questions regarding his legitimacy as an American citizen, President Obama…

Santorum told to ‘pretend it’s Obama’ at shooting range

At a shooting range in Louisiana on Friday, an onlooker encouraged Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to pretend the target he was firing at was President Barack Obama. “Santorum is shooting a 1911 Colt,” Politico’s Juana Summers tweeted from the sheriff’s office shooting range in West Monroe. “Range master says…

Obama: ‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon’

President Barack Obama on Friday carefully weighed in on the case of a 17-year-old unarmed African American boy who was gunned down in February by a neighborhood watch leader. At a White House event announcing the nomination of Dartmouth College president Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank, NBC’s…

Maddow: Romney campaign and Rove play fast and loose with the truth

Rachel Maddow ran a report on Wednesday’s edition of The Rachel Maddow Show about the unprecedented level of dishonesty coming out of the Romney campaign. On Thursday’s program she took on more examples of ways in which Romney, former Bush administration official Karl Rove, and the Republican party are relying…

Rev. Gaddy: Santorum said ‘some of the scariest things’ about religious freedom

Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance, blasted religious leaders and politicians who told their followers that Christianity was persecuted in the United States. “They’re trying to scare them,” he told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, “because they know that if you get people scared, they’re going to say,…

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