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Profiles In Cowardice And Courage From Our Shameful Senate: Mark Begich And Mark Kirk

On Tuesday 45 senators — mostly Republicans, but some Democrats — made cynical political calculations by choosing to protect the NRA gun merchants over America’s children, betraying the families of Newtown, CT, and the nation in their failure to pass stronger gun laws. It was expected that the right-wing Republicans in the Senate would reflexively […]

April 18, 2013

Gabrielle Giffords Takes Gun Reform Push To Capitol Hill

On the sixth anniversary of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history at Virginia Tech, former congresswoman and Tucson shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, headed to Capitol Hill to meet with senators in a final push to gather the 60 votes needed to add an expansion of background checks to […]

April 16, 2013

Georgia Rep Says Romney Right About ’47 Percent’

Apparently Republican representative Rob Woodall of Georgia didn’t get the memo about his party’s “rebranding” effort to avoid offending half the population, or at least avoid getting caught doing it on camera. Woodall, who sits on Paul Ryan’s House Budget Committee, said last month at a town hall meeting that Mitt Romney was right in […]

April 15, 2013

Gun Suicide At NRA Race As Support Increases For Background Checks

A man used a gun to kill himself on Saturday night at the NRA 500 — a National Rifle Association-sponsored NASCAR race that took place over the weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The medical examiner reports the man shot himself in the head, becoming one of the 20,000 gun suicides in […]

April 15, 2013

New TV Ad Links Mitch McConnell With Al Qaeda For Opposing Gun Background Checks

A new TV ad that will be airing in Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky this week shames him for opposing universal background checks — which are supported by 82 percent of Kentuckians — for gun purchases. But the ad goes further than just pointing out that by joining the failed GOP […]

April 12, 2013

Majority of Americans Support Stronger Gun Laws, Immigration Reform

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that a majority of Americans support two of President Obama’s top legislative priorities in his second term — gun safety and immigration reform. A majority 55 percent say gun laws should be more strict, while only 9 percent want looser gun laws and 34 percent don’t want […]

April 11, 2013

5 Infrastructure Gains Under President Obama

President Obama didn’t have to read the American Society of Civil Engineers‘ (ASCE) new report card on the nation’s infrastructure to understand why America was given a near failing grade yet again. All he had to to do was ride in the presidential limousine on Washington, DC’s bumpy roads, of which 99 percent are poor or […]

April 10, 2013

Biden Pushes Congress On Gun Reform As GOP Filibuster Beaten Back

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET At a gathering of the nation’s top law enforcement officers on Tuesday afternoon, Attorney General Eric Holder and Vice President Joe Biden pushed Congress to act on the gun safety recommendations put forth by their task force, which was formed following the mass shooting this past December at Sandy Hook […]

April 9, 2013

Is Sarah Palin Jealous of Electric Car Maker Tesla’s Success?

Failed vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is spending a lot of time on Facebook posting family photos and attacking President Obama’s clean energy investments. Her latest social media rant targeted struggling electric car company Fisker Automotive, which received a U.S. Department of Energy loan, and announced last Friday that they were laying off 75 percent of […]

April 8, 2013

Huckabee Stokes Fear With Nazi Gun Control Comparison

Pastor-politician Mike Huckabee continues to stoke fear and paranoia regarding the sensible gun safety measures proposed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting that killed 20 children and six adults, the latest gun-related massacre that occurred because of what many consider to be lax gun laws in America, compared to other […]

April 5, 2013

President Obama Takes Gun Reform Push To Colorado

President Obama is taking his federal gun reform push to states that have passed stronger firearms laws following the mass shooting of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, CT last December. On Wednesday he spoke in Denver, CO, a state with a strong hunting culture and gun-owning tradition, and which recently passed tough new […]

April 3, 2013

NRA Unveils Plan to Weaponize Schools

After aggressively opposing every single common-sense gun safety measure that the majority of Americans support — including universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, and limiting high-capacity magazines — the National Rifle Association on Tuesday unveiled a plan to weaponize educational institutions. The 225-page National School Shield Report, which was introduced by former congressman and […]

April 2, 2013

Exxon Oil Spill In Arkansas Raises Concerns About Keystone XL Pipeline

Environmentalists and Nebraska farmers are upping the pressure on President Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following an oil spill that took place over the weekend. The rupture occurred in central Arkansas, about 20 miles north of Little Rock, as Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline spilled thousands of barrels of Canadian tar sands oil — […]

April 1, 2013

America’s High-Speed Rail Future

President Obama has repeatedly talked about the urgent need to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure to create jobs and keep the country competitive in the 21st-century global economy. Upgrading the nation’s antiquated passenger rail system has been a dream of the president’s ever since he took office. He made sure to include $8 billion for high-speed […]

April 1, 2013

Documentary Hits Fossil Fuel Industry-Funded Climate Change Deniers

Greedy Lying Bastards is as timely a movie as you will ever see. The global warming documentary — directed, produced and narrated by Craig Rosebraugh — pulls no punches in a damning indictment of the fossil fuel industry-funded climate change deniers who have successfully deceived the public and prevented climate change action in Congress at a […]

March 29, 2013

Men Armed With Assault Rifles Intimidate Moms At Gun Safety Rally

Gun extremists brought loaded assault weapons and handguns to a rally of mothers calling for common-sense gun laws to protect children and adults from mass shootings and daily firearm fatalities and injuries. A local chapter of Moms Demand Action was gathered for the event in Indianapolis as part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ National Day […]

March 28, 2013

Gun Safety Groups Plan Historic Congressional Push

In what organizers are labeling as the largest gun violence advocacy event in U.S. history, Americans across the country will be joining the National Day to Demand Action on Thursday, which will include rallies, petition drives, press conferences, and calls to senators’ district offices while Congress is at home for Easter-Passover recess. On Wednesday, Vice President […]

March 27, 2013

5 Congressmen Wearing Logos Of Their Financial Backers

A recent petition on The White House website calls on congressional representatives and senators “to wear logos of their financial backers on their clothing, much like NASCAR drivers do.” Here is the full text of the petition:  Since most politicians’ campaigns are largely funded by wealthy companies and individuals, it would give voters a better sense […]

March 27, 2013

Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz To Filibuster Gun Control Legislation

Tea Party Republican senators Rand Paul (KY) and Ted Cruz (TX) are planning to filibuster the motion to proceed to debate on gun legislation. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) obtained by Politico, the senators, along with Mike Lee (R-UT), make no mention of the more than 31,000 gun deaths per year […]

March 26, 2013

Michael Moore On Gun Action: ‘We Are The Majority And We Should Start Acting Like It’

Exactly 10 years after Bowling for Columbine won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, activist filmmaker Michael Moore teamed up with and USAction to celebrate the achievement with a screening Saturday evening at New York City’s School of Visual Arts Theatre, followed by a town hall discussion on reducing gun violence that was live-streamed across […]

March 24, 2013

WATCH: Reince Priebus’ Tone-Deaf Response To Marriage Equality

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus gave a tone-deaf response to a question about marriage equality during a Friday morning appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. In response to the RNC’s recent report urging the party to reach out to minority voters, including gays, Huffington Post‘s Sam Stein asked what Priebus would “tell an independent-minded gay man who believes […]

March 22, 2013

House Gun Task Force Chair ‘Confident’ Despite Assault Weapons Ban Setback

About a half-hour into a gun violence prevention conversation between Connecticut governor Dan Malloy and Center for American Progress president and CEO Neera Tanden Tuesday afternoon at CAP headquarters in Washington, D.C., Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, walked into the room and delivered the bad news for […]

March 19, 2013

Mark Sanford Back On The ‘Trail’ In South Carolina

In Tuesday’s primary, staunchly socially conservative South Carolina Republicans will decide if they want to vote for a former governor who four years ago lied about taking a hike on the Appalachian Trail, when in reality he was jetting south of the border to conduct an extramarital affair in Argentina. Mark Sanford, who is widely […]

March 18, 2013

Who Stole The American Dream?: A 10-Step ‘Domestic Marshall Plan’

A political system dominated by Big Oil, the NRA and other destructive special interests. A popular president fresh off re-election with a progressive agenda blocked by a Tea Party-controlled House of Representatives hellbent on extreme austerity. An Occupy movement exposing the unsustainable income inequality tearing apart the social contract that has defined the United States […]

March 17, 2013

WATCH: Dianne Feinstein Slams Ted Cruz At Gun Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines on Thursday to advance Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 to a full Senate vote, with 10 Democrats voting for the ban and eight Republicans voting no. A majority of Americans support reinstating the assault weapons ban, which was also popular with the electorate when […]

March 14, 2013