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Maddow blasts ‘Conservadem’ Ben Nelson for cheering Herman Cain

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow wasn’t surprised Tuesday to find out that “sort-of Democratic” Sen. Ben Nelson had been seen cheering then-Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain during his 1991 parody of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Talking Points Memo spotted then-Nebraska Gov. Nelson in the video after it surfaced Monday. “Do you see who…

Perry: ‘We fought the revolution in the 16th century’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says debates aren’t his strong suit, but apparently history isn’t either. Speaking at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on Dartmouth College’s campus after Tuesday night’s The Washington Post/Bloomberg presidential debate, Perry missed the date of the American Revolution by about 200 years. “Our Founding Fathers…

Tennessee sponsor of guns-in-bars bill arrested for DUI with gun

A Tennessee lawmaker who sponsored a controversial bill to allow handguns to be carried in bars was arrested Tuesday for driving under the influence and possessing a handgun while under the influence. Police said that Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd (R) was pulled over at around 11:15 p.m. in Nashville,…

The Bloomberg GOP debate in 100 seconds

In case you intentionally missed out on Tuesday evening’s Republican debate (or couldn’t find Bloomberg TV, the channel it was on), Talking Points Memo’s 100 second review has you covered. “Repeal everything,” is the theme of the video, as all of the candidates made sure to express their criticism of…

Perry: ‘Every human being is entitled to life’

Appearing at the Values Voter Summit Friday in Washington, D.C., Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, who has presided over 234 executions during his time as governor of Texas, declared “every human being is entitled to life.” “There are millions of Americans that are born into less than ideal circumstances,” Perry…

Attorney: DDoS is not a crime

An attorney defending a homeless man alleged to be a member of the activist group “Anonymous” has filed an unusual defense, claiming that even if his client carried out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Santa Cruz County computers, it would have simply been initiating a next-generation version…

Scott Brown melts down over Warren poll gains: report

Sen. Scott Brown apparently didn’t only lose his lead in the polls for the Massachusetts Senate race Tuesday — he also lost his cool. A tipster told Talking Points Memo that he was walking on the Senate side of the Capitol and caught a very interesting scene. “Just walked passed…

Santorum claims his ‘filthy’ Google results ‘have an impact on the country’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum no doubt dislikes that he isn’t topping any recent polls of the 2012 field, but he may dislike the thing that tops search results of his name even more. And now, he’s asking search giant Google to do something about it. Sex columnist Dan Savage…

Anonymous suspected of bringing down Talking Points Memo

Update: TPM’s Josh Marshall confirms attack Update 2: TPM posts statement on the attack Update 3: Service returned to TPM as of 1 p.m. ET. Here’s publisher Josh Marshall’s explanation of what happened. On Friday morning, the political website Talking Points Memo posted mug shots of several individuals arrested for…

GOP in Giffords’ district holds raffle for Glock

The Republican Party in Arizona’s Pima County, which is represented by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), is in the midst of a fundraising raffle, $10 per entry. The prize: the same model of gun that delivered a near-fatal blast to the Democratic lawmaker’s skull outside a Tucson grocery store in January.…

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