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Maddow uses improv to explain Herman Cain’s sexual harassment defense

In a segment Thursday night, MSNBC’s liberal host Rachel Maddow used a bit of improv to analogize the defense being employed by Republican presidential candidate Hermcan Cain, whose history of grappling with sexual harassment allegations has become a national story in recent weeks. Explaining that he’s basically a driver who…

Colin Powell: Occupy movement ‘is as American as apple pie’

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that he sympathized with the “frustration and angriness” exhibited by “Occupy Wall Street” protesters. “I was born in Harlem to immigrant parents, and my parents always had a job,” Powell told CNN’s Piers Morgan. “And so, people are concerned now that there…

Herman Cain caught joking about Anita Hill

Herman Cain has said that he takes sexual harassment allegations “seriously” — but he wasn’t so serious when he was caught on tape Thursday yucking it up over alleged harassment victim Anita Hill. Fox News was the first to air video of Cain getting a big belly laugh as a…

Targeted by Rove, Warren doubles down on ‘Occupy Wall St.’ support

Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren isn’t letting an attack ad by a Karl Rove group dampen her support for Occupy Wall Street. “At Occupy Wall Street, protesters attack police, do drugs and trash public parks,” the Crossroads GPS ad claims. “They support radical redistribution of wealth and violence, but…

Gabby speaks: Diane Sawyer previews first Giffords interview

In this preview clip, embedded via ABC News, Diane Sawyer talks about her upcoming special interview with Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly. In it, we see footage of Giffords as a young teenager, performing in a school play, as well as photos of the Congresswoman before…

Maddow slams Cain over sexual harassment

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night blasted Herman Cain for the way he has handled the ongoing sexual harassment scandal. Cain’s lawyer said any woman who is considering coming forward with new allegations against the embattled Republican presidential candidate should “think twice.” In addition, Cain’s campaign has set up…

Bernie Sanders: GOP only represents ‘hardcore right-wing extremists’

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Thursday said that the Republican Party did not represent the vast majority of Americans. “On issue after issue, the Republican ideology represents only a tiny faction of what the American people want,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC. “You go out on Main Street,…

Tea party Rep. blames angry outburst on ‘too much coffee’

When Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) blew up at a constituent earlier this week, shouting “Don’t blame the banks!” when confronted on questions about the economy, it was all because of an “empty stomach” and “too much coffee,” he said. Speaking to WLS-TV, an ABC News affiliate in Chicago, the woman…

Franken rebukes marriage inequality: Straight people won’t suddenly ‘become gay’

At hearing Thursday for a bill that would repeal the federal ban on same sex marriage, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) encouraged his Republican colleagues not to worry because “straight people aren’t suddenly going to become gay.” “The suffering that [the Defense of Marriage Act] DOMA causes and will cause is…

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