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Sen. Coons explains why Democrats broke off payroll negotiations

Sen. Chris Coons explained Monday why Democrats had agreed to extend the payroll tax cut for only two months, a compromise that House Republicans are now expected to kill. House Republicans have said they will reject a compromise struck by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate that would extend the…

Gingrich: Federal officials aren’t allowed to say ‘Merry Christmas’

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday he was unaware of House rules prohibiting lawmakers from using their taxpayer-paid franking allowance to sent out Christmas mailings. “This is actually weird,” he said at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa. “I am told — I’ve been investigating this for the last…

Imus: Former Cheney aide ‘smoking meth’ to think Gingrich can win

Fox Business host Don Imus says you would have to be high to believe former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) can win against President Barack Obama in the general election. On Monday, Imus told Mary Matalin, a former advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, that she must be “smoking meth”…

Perry to bisexual 14-year-old: Homosexuality is a ‘sin’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry explained Sunday that his faith tells him that gay men and lesbians shouldn’t be allowed to serve openly in the military. Following a campaign event in Decorah, Iowa, 14-year-old Rebecka Green, who openly identifies as bisexual, asked the Texas governor why he was “so opposed…

O’Reilly: Romney, Gingrich will ‘say anything’ to win

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly doesn’t understand why anyone would listen to Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich because “[t]hey’ll say anything” to win the GOP nomination. CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla asked O’Reilly on Monday if Gingrich could move ahead by attacking Romney for making millions while laying off…

Gingrich: 9 million immigrants will ‘go home’ voluntarily

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich explained on Sunday that his policies would require up to 9 million undocumented immigrants to return to their home nations — and he predicted that they would do it voluntarily. “What I’ve proposed is very standard things,” the former House speaker told CBS host Bob…

Bachmann: I don’t hate Muslims, ‘I love the American people’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Saturday denied that she “hates Muslims.” In an interview with NBC’s Jay Leno Friday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) claimed that Bachmann “doesn’t like Muslims.” “She hates Muslims,” Paul said. “She hates them. She wants to go get them.” Fox News host Mike Huckabee told…

Barney Frank schools George Will, Paul Ryan on marijuana legalization

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) told columnist George Will and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday that Republican opposition to marijuana legalization was “a great embarrassment to the conservatives.” During a town hall-style debate on ABC, Frank demanded a response from Will about decriminalizing marijuana. “I mean, personal liberty, if someone…

Romney admits his plan would only cut $167 for middle class

Republican presidential candidate said Sunday that his “intent in running for president is to help middle-income Americans,” but admitted that he would only give them a $167 tax cut. Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Romney why his plan didn’t cut tax rates for the richest Americans from 35 percent…

Chris Hayes explains what’s wrong with the NDAA

The White House’s announcement that it has no plans to veto the National Defense Authorization Act has a great number of people up in arms. In this clip from Saturday’s Up With Chris Hayes, Hayes discusses the specific provisions which make the bill so controversial and why the changes made…

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