Posts tagged "MSNBC"

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Sen. King Has Had It With Torture-lover Dick Cheney, Offers To Waterboard Him 'Hundreds' Of Times

Dick Cheney has defended torture techniques so many times that a frustrated U.S. senator has finally offered to waterboard the former vice president.

"The accusations are not true," Cheney told college television station ATV last week. “Some people called it torture. It wasn’t torture.”

"If I would have to do it all over again, I would," he insisted. "The results speak for themselves.”

A report that has been completed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, however, has found that the CIA misled the government and misstated the effectiveness of the so-called enhanced interrogation program. The report concluded that the CIA lied when it said it had gotten “otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives.”

Sen. Angus King, who is on the intelligence committee, (I-ME) reacted to Cheney’s comments during a Sunday appearance on MSNBC.

"I was stunned to hear that quote from Vice President Cheney," King explained. "If he doesn’t think that was torture, I would invite him anywhere in the United States to sit in a waterboard and go through what those people went through, one of them a hundred and plus-odd times."

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What a whinebag she is.
Koch Bros. group leader: Extending Obamacare deadline takes health care from my children (via Raw Story )

MSNBC host Chris Hayes clashed with a state official for the Koch Brothers-funded group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) on Wednesday after she claimed that extending the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act by two weeks would have a negative…

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Pat Quinn's Pension Problem

Pat Quinn’s pension reform is unpopular with everyone, whether on the right or the left. And so it should be, since it was the product of intentional neglect and underpayment by Republicans, pressure by bond rating agencies who shouldn’t be allowed to participate in this debate, and a budget that was already sliced to the bone.

So Quinn put pensions on the table, sliced the cost of living increases for some public employees, raised the retirement age for workers under age 45, and gave some workers a 401k option. To ease the pain of the cuts, he also cut workers’ contributions to the plan by 1 percent.

In the private sector, any changes to defined benefit pension plans must include a provision that earned benefits cannot be reduced. Consequently, unions are suing over these reforms, on the basis that cuts to cost-of-living increases and changes in retirement ages are benefit cuts, which they are.

Chuck Todd completely missed the boat in this conversation with one of the dumbest questions ever asked in a conversation: “Will we even have pensions — even for public workers — in 20 years?” The right question is “Why are public workers’ pensions being slashed to compensate Wall Street?”

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Rachel Maddow Savages Bill Kristol, Ignores Liberal Blogs That Have Written About Him For Years

I don’t want to take away from the fact that I’m really happy to see someone in our corporate media point out that Bloody Bill Kristol should not have a platform where he’s allowed to push for more military interventions, to fearmonger and to lie about U.S. foreign policy (or any other subject he’s asked about for that matter), to the point where, as our brother Charlie Pierce pointed out this week, he deserves to be shunned, and certainly does not deserve a platform on any of our so-called “news” networks — I was disappointed to see MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow ignore the fact the the criticism she gave of Bill Kristol for always being wrong about everything, has been written about and read more

Rachel Maddow: Michigan is ‘way more insane than anyone nationally gives them credit for’ (via Raw Story )

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow weighed in on Michigan’s “rape insurance” law on Wednesday, one night before it takes effect, saying it is just one example of state lawmakers’ anti-woman stance. “Michigan, you are amazing,” Maddow said. “I continue…



 

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Oh cry me a frickin’ river, Benny.

This is one of the things that makes me crazy about the conservative punditry is how incredibly thin-skinned they are. They can be as dismissive and mean as they want to be but give them a little bit of their own medicine and suddenly the WATB cries come out.

Ben Ferguson keeps perpetuating the completely unsubstantiated myth of the liberal media by pointing to the singular cable channel of MSNBC. Proof, the hair helmet of conservatism insists, of their hostility to conservatives is that they usually book them at a three (liberals) to one (conservative) ratio, keep interrupting them and aren’t interested in a real debate.

Wait…what? That doesn’t sound like MSNBC’s format, which usually goes with the Left/Right paradigm and invites two guests per segment. That sounds suspiciously like the Sunday show roundtables, if anything. Sally Kohn doesn’t see anything different from that as her experiences as the designated lefty on Fox News, where the ratio got as out of hand as 15 to one.

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imageScott Walker may be the next Chris Christie — and that’s trouble for Republicans: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (via Raw Story )

MSNBC host Chris Hayes said on Wednesday that the revelation of tens of thousands of emails from a former staffer puts Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in much the same boat as a fellow prospective GOP presidential candidate — his New Jersey counterpart…



 
Rachel Maddow: Federal probe of NC toxic polluter could be bad news for Gov. McCrory (via Raw Story )

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Thursday that a burgeoning federal investigation could spell trouble for not only the North Carolina company behind an 82,000-ton toxic spill, but also for former employee Gov. Pat McCrory (R). Maddow pointed out that…

Rachel Maddow: Michael Grimm the latest in ‘disgusting cesspool’ of corrupt NY lawmakers (via Raw Story )

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) may be famous in the wake of his belligerence toward a reporter, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said Wednesday night, but he’s only the latest in a parade of New York state lawmakers making lurid headlines. “When it comes to…

Kansas Republican and Rachel Maddow clash over Benghazi and Obama ‘cheerleading’ (via Raw Story )

A question over the inclusion of Army Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg at Tuesday’s State of the Union address spiraled into a policy-spanning battle between MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), who accused her of hiding from what his…

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