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Economic adviser slams GOP for stalling consumer agency

Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the President for Economic Policy, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that Republicans were endangering Americans by resisting the confirmation of Richard Cordray. President Barack Obama nominated Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), but Republicans have…

Steve Kornacki explains tribalism of Gingrich’s support for Bolton

Salon news editor Steve Kornacki on Wednesday night described Newt Gingrich’s support for former Bush administration U.N. ambassador John Bolton as “a tribal thing.” “What he is doing here is holding up for all conservatives to see, ‘See, here is this guy who the other tribe really can’t stand, and…

Perry attacks ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal in new ad

A new TV commercial released by Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry claims something is wrong with the United States because the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed. “I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew…

Secret Service takes guns, handcuffs from Kansas birther threatening Obama

A Kansas birther, who publicly announced that he was planning a citizen’s arrest of President Barack Obama, was told Monday by the Secret Service that he would be arrested if he came near the president. Neil Jednoralski claimed that he contacted Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the Kansas Highway…

Moore: GOP thinks I’m ‘this mythical, scary creature’

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore once again appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight on Tuesday, finding amusement in conservatives’ hysteria over him. “I think Republicans and right-wingers, they blow me up into this mythical, scary character,” he said. “He’s got all of this money, he’s controlling all of this. Him and…

Voter watchdogs: Republicans are the real election frauds

Election watchdogs on Tuesday accused Republicans — who have been adamant about the need to fight voter fraud — of being the real frauds after a former Republican governor’s aide was found guilty of voter suppression. Paul E. Schurick was convicted of trying to suppress black voters during Maryland’s 2006…

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Kleefisch attacks collective bargaining in new ad

Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R) released a video advertisement on Tuesday attacking collective bargaining rights for public employees. Kleefisch and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are facing the possibility of a recall for their controversial “budget repair bill,” which stripped nearly all collective bargaining rights from public employees. “Here is…

Santorum: ‘Almost everything’ undocumented immigrants do is illegal

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told supporters in Spencer, Iowa Tuesday that a young woman who was brought to the U.S. as an undocumented 6-year-old was “repeatedly breaking the law” by staying in the country. “She came when she was probably young and she didn’t consciously break the law,” the…

8-year-old to Bachmann: ‘My mommy’s gay but she doesn’t need any fixing’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann appeared stunned Sunday after an 8-year-old South Carolina boy told her that his gay mother didn’t “need any fixing.” The candidate was signing her memoir Core of Conviction for a scant few supporters at a Myrtle Beach Books-A-Million when 8-year-old Elijah stepped forward with a…

White criminals four times more likely to receive presidential pardon

ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer appeared Monday night on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss her findings regarding racial bias in presidential pardons. According to her report, white criminals were four times more likely to receive a pardon than minorities over the last decade. “Forgiveness is really what a pardon is…

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