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Boehner: Public employees have ‘machine gun’ at heads of local officials

So much for toning down the violent political rhetoric in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) used gun imagery Sunday while discussing public workers’ collective bargaining rights. “In some of these states you’ve got collective bargaining laws that are so weighted in favor of the public employees that there’s almost…

Hague warns Israel over ‘belligerent’ rhetoric

LONDON — Foreign Secretary William Hague warned “belligerent” Israel to tame its rhetoric and said unrest in Arab countries may hinder the peace process, in comments published on Wednesday. Hague told the London Times that recent popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan could undermine the search for a permanent…

Tucson tea party founder says Giffords to blame for getting shot

One tea party leader says that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has herself to blame for getting shot in the head Saturday. The Arizona congresswoman shouldn’t have attended an event “in full view of the public” if she had security concerns, according to Tucson Tea Party co-founder Trent Humphries. Giffords warned…

Fox News abruptly cuts away from Tucson vigil after mourner mentions Sarah Palin

The Fox News Channel abruptly cut to commercial after a mourner attending a Tuscon, Arizona vigil for those killed in Saturday’s shootings mentioned Fox employee Sarah Palin as one of the culprits behind a rising tide of violent rhetoric in US politics and media. As they awaited the beginning of…

The mainstreaming of violent right wing paranoia

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy This has been covered in a few places, but I thought I’d link it anyway, because it settles a simmering debate in the netroots about whether or not it’s wise to pay attention to the hard right. The…

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