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Jon Stewart challenges Grover Norquist on ‘absolutist’ anti-tax pledge

Daily Show host Jon Stewart debated Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist on Monday night, questioning whether his influential pledge was realistic. Nearly every Republican in Congress has signed Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge, vowing to oppose any and all tax increases. Only 14 Republican members of 112th Congress have…

Ron Paul: GOP going to be the John McCain party in 2012

Texas Rep. Ron Paul warned his fellow Republican presidential candidates on Tuesday that they risked losing to President Barack Obama if they did not reconsider their foreign policy. “They want more war than Obama,” he said on CNBC. “I think Obama wants way too much. He’s ready to go into…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Partisan bickering tainted future of NASA

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared Tuesday on The David Pakman Show to explain the politics of NASA and why private industries could not lead the frontier of space exploration. “NASA has always been political,” he said. “The difference is it is now partisan. That’s an important distinction. NASA was created…

Romney’s son praises Obama: ‘He is great’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s son, Matt, wandered off message in Hawaii on Monday and declared that President Barack Obama was “great.” Late last year, Matt Romney had taken his father’s campaign into birther territory by joking that the president might not be a U.S. citizen. Stumping for his dad…

Santorum accuses Fox News of ‘shilling’ for Romney

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says Fox News has already decided which candidate they are supporting. In an interview on Fox News Radio on Tuesday, the former Pennsylvania senator told host Brian Kilmeade that the conservative television network had been “shilling” for Mitt Romney. “This man has had a 10-to-1…

Santorum: My home-schooled kids ‘will out-reason Bill Maher’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that even his home-schooled 12-year-old could “out-reason” HBO comedian Bill Maher. During his Friday “New Rules” segment, Maher had called out Santorum’s stance against public education. “The Taliban may want to live in the eighth century but the Christian right wants to go back…

Journalist Ethan Casey: Afghans not convinced U.S. sees them as human beings

International journalist Ethan Casey appeared Monday on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss the damage wrought by a rogue soldier who killed 16 Afghan villagers, mostly women and children. “Our credibility at this point is severely damaged and our tenability certainly is as well,” he said. “I don’t say that…

Santorum co-chair: Romney should ‘renounce his racist Mormon religion’

An African-American pastor affiliated with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is demanding that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney “renounce his racist Mormon religion.” At a press conference on Monday, Rev. O’Neal Dozier, who is an honorary chairman of Santorum’s Florida campaign, said that he was speaking out to “foster and…

Santorum: Endangered Species Act puts ‘critters above people’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the federal government has gone too far in trying to protect endangered species by putting “critters above people.” At the Gulf Coast Energy Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi on Monday, the candidate was asked how he would balance the need for environmental protection with the…

Romney: ‘If I’m a weak frontrunner then what does that make Newt Gingrich?’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a response to rival Newt Gingrich’s claim that he’s a weak frontrunner: I know I am but what are you? On Sunday, Gingrich told Fox News host Chris Wallace that the former Massachusetts governor had one of the most anemic campaigns in the last…

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