first responders

A week after a blast at a Texas fertilizer plant killed at least 15 people and hurt more than 200, authorities still don’t know exactly why the West Chemical and Fertilizer Company plant exploded. Read more...
Rescue organizations are on the scene of the Boston Marathon tragedy on Monday, but there are things that you can do to help... Read more...
This Ingraham SRWT is of a piece with Jennifer Rubin's of a few weeks ago--that Republicans refuse to use "anecdotes" <a href="http://crooksandliars.com/blue-texan/stupid-right-wing-tweets-jennifer-rub-1">in their political arguments</a>. And it's in response to President Obama, who this morning -- surrounded by first responders -- urged Congress <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-to-press-for-sequester-fix/2013/02/19/e647cd70-7a5d-11e2-82e8-61a46c2cde3d_story.html">to avoid the sequester.</a> Read more...
Sometimes there are simply no words to describe the behaviour of Mitch McConnell’s band of merry misanthropes - also known as much of the US Senate Republican Caucus. The level of pathological callousness, a nihilistic streak that would Read more...
Continuing the theme of this week of publicly shaming Republican Senators who've voted to deny 9/11 First Responders, Rachel sings the praises of Fox News' Shepard Smith for calling them on this. RACHEL MADDOW:Shep Smith making a hullabaloo on Read more...

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) seems confident she has found a way to get the Zadroga bill passed after it died last week. Read more...
Ugh. Why is it so difficult to find Democrats not eager to bow to the craven fear-mongering of Republican rivals? TPM: Senate Majority Leader H Read more...
Rep. Jerrold Nadler appeared with his fellow New York Rep. Peter King to discuss plans to build the Islamic center and mosque near ground zero on CNN' Read more...
Well, this is just completely unhelpful, Robert Gibbs. Talking to The Hill carries its own risks. But having a hissy fit about the folks in your own c Read more...