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MSNBC extends Rachel Maddow’s contract to 2014

MSNBC has signed Rachel Maddow to a new contract in a deal that extends her spot at the network at least into 2014, according to TVNewser. “I’m really, really happy in this job and to have the chance to extend it for a few more years, especially with the year…

Frank Rich: Murdoch and O’Reilly are ‘thugs’

New York magazine writer Frank Rich explained Monday that Rupert Murdoch’s unethical business practices weren’t limited to just Britain. “I think that we’re deluding ourselves if we think the whole Murdoch culture has not spread to America,” Rich told HLN’s Joy Behar. “We’re reading all this sort of exotic stuff…

Black Caucus chairman: Debt deal is a ‘Satan sandwich’

Congressional Black Caucus chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) isn’t a fan of the proposed deal to raise the debt ceiling. Cleaver told Roll Call Sunday that the deal was a “sugar-coated Satan sandwich.” “You have been quoted, coming out of your caucus as calling this agreement a ‘sugar-coated Satan sandwich,”…

CNN host Zakaria on debt: ‘We are behaving like deadbeats’

CNN host Fareed Zakaria is on something of a ranting spree on television over the weekend. Friday night, when Zakaria was a guest on AC360, he called the tea party’s tactics within debt ceiling negotiations “anti-democratic” and “counter-constitutional.” Sunday, he again ripped into a debt-related tirade. “We face downgrades and…

Krugman: Proposed debt deal will cost jobs and revenue

Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman warned Sunday that proposed spending cuts in a deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling would end up hurting the economy. “From the perspective of a rational person, we shouldn’t even be talking about spending cuts at all now,” Krugman told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour.…

CNN host: Tea party debt dealings ‘counter-Constitutional,’ ‘anti-democratic’

CNN host Fareed Zakaria was a guest on Anderson Cooper’s AC360 Friday night, where he said that the ultra-conservative tea party faction of the Republican Party was sending a message that “we’ll blow up the country if you don’t listen to us. We will hold hostage the credit of the…

Apple Inc. has more cash on hand than the government

The latest earnings reports from Apple Computers show that the company has more than $76 billion in cash on hand, while the U.S. has only $74 billion cash on hand. Watch the CBS report, embedded via NDN, below.…

Greek debt crisis a Goldman Sachs economic coup?

Journalist, entrepreneur and Russia Today opinion host Max Keiser traveled to Greece recently for a film project that looks at how the country came to be on the verge of default. The conclusion of his interview subjects, and indeed a large portion of the Greek population, is that Goldman Sachs,…

Prop designer wins legal battle over Star Wars helmet

Prop designer Andrew Ainsworth won a court battle on Wednesday in the United Kingdom against George Lucas over his right to sell replica Stormtrooper helmets. He designed the original costume for the white-clad Stormertroopers in the Star Wars series. The Supreme Court judges ruled the helmets were functional and not…

Gingrich semi-explains Tiffany’s debt: I like ‘nice things’

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s bid for the White House has not been able to outrun nagging questions about debt for months. It was revealed in May that Gingrich had a half-million dollar line of credit at jeweler Tiffany & Co., and he has mostly refused to answer any questions…

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