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WATCH LIVE: President Obama holds a press conference on the debt ceiling

Watch live video below, courtesy of MSNBC, of Obama’s press conference to address the debt ceiling negotiations: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Hartmann: Republicans help CEOs ‘rob the American dream’

Russia Today’s liberal talk show host Thom Hartmann went on a tear yesterday about income disparity in America, suggesting as President Harry Truman did 60 years ago that the Republican party is a wholly owned subsidiary of wealthy special interests. “These CEOs are not job creators,” he said. “They’re stealing…

Microsoft director admits E.U. data not exempt from Patriot Act spying

In the brave new world of cloud computing, where data is stored off-site in massive server farms instead of on a user’s local hard drive, privacy and security are paramount in the consumer’s mind. Unfortunately for privacy advocates, their concerns are essentially moot thanks to the U.S.A. Patriot Act, which…

Maddow: Chris Christie’s brand is ‘I will be rude’

During her appearance on NBC’s Today Show Tuesday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explained the political strategy being used by Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. “I think Chris Christie is really good at polishing his own brand,” Maddow told host Ann Curry. “And his brand at this point is ‘I’m the…

Rachel Maddow: Man up for women’s rights

Vintage is in, from the Camaro to vintage typefaces. Not excluded from this blast from the past revival is retro legislation — Rachel Maddow highlighted the renewed interest in the Equal Rights Amendment, a failed constitutional amendment that would ban discrimination because of a person’s gender. The ERA has been…

Upstate NY town clerk says she won’t sign same-sex marriage licenses

Though New York state’s passage of marriage equality for same-sex couples has been hailed across the country and around the world, there’s at least one person who is in a decidedly non-celebratory mood: Barbara MacEwen, town clerk of the rural upstate Volney, NY. MacEwen has said that she will refuse…

Shepherding chihuahua proves size doesn’t matter

Nancy the chihuahua might not be the biggest dog on the farm, but that doesn’t stop her. She learned to herd sheep from a friendly border collie, and now keeps those sheep in line all by herself. Watch the video, which first aired on the BBC on June 29, 2011,…

Catholic League president on marriage: ‘Prong has to penetrate the socket’

The Catholic Church provided surprisingly little opposition before marriage equality was passed in New York last week. But now that it’s law, Catholic League president Bill Donohue is expressing his outrage. “If two guys can get married then why shouldn’t three?” Donohue asked on the PIX 11 Morning News Monday.…

U.S. cost of war at least $3.7 trillion and counting

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America’s wars. Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the…

Lady Gaga accused of fraud in Japan relief efforts

LOS ANGELES: American pop star Lady Gaga is accused of misrepresenting charitable donations from wristbands sold to benefit tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan earlier this year. The complaint, filed in a Michigan court on Friday by 1800lawfirm, says the star as well as her record label, Universal Music Group,…

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