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Watch live: Obama town hall on deficit reduction

President Barack Obama was expected to participate in a town hall event Friday at the University of Maryland about his on-going attempts to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Report: N.H. Republican bragged about gun, warned unions ‘better not F#%k with me’

In an email obtained by Mother Jones magazine, a New Hampshire Republican brags about learning how to fire a .50 caliber machine gun, then added that labor unions — which traditionally support Democrats — “better not F#%k with me again!!!” That email was allegedly written by New Hampshire Representative Lynne…

Canton cop threatens to execute driver over weapons permit

Canton, Ohio police officer Daniel Harless has been placed on administrative leave following the release of dash cam video that showed him threatening the life of a driver who did not immediately provide notification of having a conceal weapons permit. Ohioans for Concealed Carry, who released the video, said that…

Justice Department to investigate ad arm of News Corp

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Justice Department is looking into allegations that News Corp’s advertising unit hacked into computers of a competitor, NBC News reported on Thursday, citing the competitor’s lawyer. NBC said the Justice Department is seeking information on whether News Corp unit News America Marketing hacked into computers…

Pentagon set to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Seven months after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Pentagon is set to announce that it will officially end the ban on gays openly serving in the military, a US official told AFP. The “certification” is set to take place on Friday. On December 18, the Senate voted…

Debt talks entering critical phase

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Efforts to avoid an unprecedented U.S. default enter crunch time on Friday, with President Barack Obama and top lawmakers engaged in a sometimes chaotic drive to strike a sweeping deficit-reduction deal. With the clock ticking toward an August 2 deadline to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, Obama…

Public turns against union-busting Ohio Republicans

Ohio State Representative Armond Budish (D) appeared Thursday night on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the unpopularity of the Republican’s union-busting law, Senate Bill 5. “As people learn more and more about what this union stripping bill does, they get more and more angry,” he said. “Senate Bill 5…

Ohio Democrats to Gov. John Kasich: Donate your News Corp. money to charity

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern sent a letter to Governor John Kasich on Wednesday asking him to give to charity the contributions he received from News Corporation. The FBI is currently investigating allegations that News Corp., the parent company of Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, attempted to…

Obama, Boehner work towards $3 trillion debt deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Efforts to craft a broad $3 trillion deficit-reduction deal gained traction on Thursday as the White House and top lawmakers scrambled to sort through competing options and stave off a devastating U.S. default. With the clock ticking toward an August 2 deadline to raise the U.S. debt…

British artist Lucian Freud dies aged 88

LONDON — Realist painter Lucian Freud, grandson of the inventor of modern psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud and widely seen as Britain’s top contemporary artist, has died in London aged 88, his lawyer said Thursday. Freud was known for his signature nudes and self-portraits such as the powerful 1993 work of himself…

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