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Rep. Paul Ryan: Ayn Rand’s philosophy ‘completely antithetical to mine’

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) at a town hall event on Friday denied his worldview had been influenced by the libertarian writer Ayn Rand, who advocated the “virtue of selfishness” and called Christianity the “the best kindergarten of communism possible.” In video obtained by Think Progress, one of…

Reuters journalist Rob Cox: Shareholders could help reverse Citizens United

Reuters’ Rob Cox explained Monday on MSNBC how two major U.S. companies could help offset the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. Bank of America and 3M will be giving their shareholder the chance to vote on a referendum on Tuesday and Wednesday that would prohibit the use of corporate…

Feingold: Justice Kennedy probably ‘embarrassed’ by ‘sloppy’ Citizens United decision

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) on Monday speculated that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was embarrassed by the “almost lawless decision” in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. “This is a guy who is usually a careful justice,” he told Sam Seder of the Majority Report. “He just started making…

Romney silent as supporter insists Obama be tried for ‘treason’

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday declined to agree or disagree with a woman that told him that President Barack Obama should be tried for treason, an offense punishable by death. During a town hall event in Cleveland, Ohio, a woman said that the president should be “tried…

Fox News guest laments ‘mistake’ of letting women vote

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a tea party activist that’s appeared several times on Fox News, and founder of an organization where Sean Hannity serves as an advisory board member, said in a sermon recently published to YouTube that America’s greatest mistake was allowing women the right to vote, adding that…

Chuck Todd: ‘Gay money has replaced Wall Street money’ for Obama

NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd on Monday predicted that President Barack Obama would announce his support for marriage equality before the November election because LGBT donors had become more important to his campaign than Wall Street donors. The MSNBC host said he believes that it’s no coincidence that…

Colombian prostitute: Secret Service agents were ‘stupid brutes’

In her first television interview with U.S. media, the Colombian prostitute at the center of a scandal with U.S. Secret Service agents says that President Barack Obama’s advance team was more concerned with partying than security. “These seem like completely stupid, idiotic people,” Dania Londono Suarez told NBC’s Michelle Kosinski.…

Education Secretary Arne Duncan endorses marriage equality

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan became the latest person in the Obama administration to support same-sex marriage Monday morning, one day after Vice President Joe Biden made his announcement. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Duncan was asked by Time magazine reporter Mark Halperin about whether he shared the same position…

Conservative radio host pressures Romney, then mocks him for caving

When word got around that Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney had appointed an openly gay man as his Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman, unrelenting criticism from the right soon forced the Romney campaign to let him go. Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association was among the most prominent…

McCain to Romney: Pick a VP you can trust

Former Republican presidential nominee John McCain on Sunday advised presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to selected a running mate that “he knows he could trust.” “The absolute most important aspect is if something happened to [Romney], would that person be well qualified to take that place?” McCain told ABC’s Jake…

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