Keith Ellison tells Maher he wishes Democrats would come out against Second Amendment [VIDEO]

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Ellison: "If you want to have grandpa's shotgun, have it, but get rid of those crazy military-style assault weapons."
During an appearance on Bill Maher's HBO show over the weekend, Keith Ellison said he wishes Democrats would come out against the Second Amendment.

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"Why doesn't your party come out against the Second Amendment? It's a problem," Maher asks, to which Ellison replies, "I sure wish they would. I sure wish they would."


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Keith Ellison says anti-Obamacare Republicans want to keep people "poor, desperate" [VIDEO]

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During an appearance yesterday on Ed Schultz's MSNBC show, Keith Ellison characterized the political controversy about Obamacare as a clear case of good versus evil.

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On one side are Democrats such as himself who are genuinely interested in improving constituents' quality of life. And on the other side are Republicans who want to keep people desperate and poor.

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Keith Ellison criticizes Obama for compromising on Obamacare, decries partisanship

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Ellison: Obama should've "just put his body and soul" into fixing the ObamaCare website instead of tweaking the law itself.
Keith Ellison isn't happy about President Obama's announcement of an administrative change to the Affordable Care Act "aimed at allowing those whose insurance is being canceled over the law to keep those plans for another year," to use CNN's words.

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In an interview with the Hill, Ellison says, "Honestly, I think [the announced change] undermines the program... I think [Obama] should do everything humanly imaginable to get [the balky Obamacare website] fixed as fast as possible and press on."

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Keith Ellison, other House Dems arrested (but not for beating up Republicans)

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The sometimes hot-tempered Keith Ellison and a bunch of his House Democratic colleagues were arrested in D.C. today, but it wasn't for beating the hell out of those stubborn Republicans who sit across the aisle from them (at least when the federal government is, you know, working).

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Instead, it was for blocking traffic along Independence Avenue during a protest for immigration reform.

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Keith Ellison explains why he's leaning toward supporting Syria strike [VIDEO]

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Ellison believes the U.S. has an obligation to act.
Yesterday, Keith Ellison went on WCCO Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy to explain his (preliminary) support for a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Ellison made clear during the interview that he believes the U.S. and other countries have "a responsibility to protect civilian populations from genocide, mass atrocity, [and] ethnic cleansing."

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Keith Ellison: "There's plenty of money, it's just the government doesn't have it" [VIDEO]

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Ellison favors some redistribution from traders of stocks and bonds to those utilizing public services.
During the Progressive Democrats of America roundtable in D.C. on July 25, Keith Ellison laid out a theory of taxation that one conservative website characterizes as "closer to Marx than it is to John Locke." (Of course, whether that's a good or bad thing is arguable.)

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Speaking about concerns that government doesn't have enough money to adequately run social programs, Ellison said, "The bottom line is we're not broke, there's plenty of money, it's just the government doesn't have it."

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Keith Ellison backs off Anthony Weiner endorsement in wake of new sexting revelations

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For Ellison, two sexting scandals might be one too many.
In April, Keith Ellison became the first politician of significance to endorse Anthony Weiner's bid to become New York City mayor.

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"Anthony's a good guy in my opinion," Ellison said during a TV appearance. "Anthony was a great congressman, in my opinion. And he's dealt with his issues and everybody has issues. So I'd love to see Anthony Weiner be mayor of New York. I hereby endorse Anthony."

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Keith Ellison on Prism: Congress knew "almost nothing" [VIDEO]

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Ellison said Congress didn't know as much as Obama would have you believe.
Yesterday, Keith Ellison took part in a panel discussion about the Obama administration's Prism surveillance program on George Stephanopoulos's This Week show. Joining him were George Will, Matthew Dowd, Paul Krugman, and Greta Van Susteren.

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One question that has emerged following the leak of classified documents about Prism (read this Guardian report for background information) pertains to how much Congress actually knew about it. Obama has pointed out that Congress was repeatedly briefed about the program in closed sessions, but if comments Ellison made yesterday on ABC can be believed, those briefings didn't provide members with enough information for them to play an effective supervisory role.

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Keith Ellison: "Really disappointing" Apple won't pay more taxes than it legally owes [VIDEO]

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Ellison thinks a sense of moral obligation should motivate Apple to pay more taxes.
During a congressional hearing last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook came under fire for keeping more than $100 billion of the company's money overseas in order to avoid paying American taxes.

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Congress members didn't suggest Apple was doing anything illegal, and the upshot of the hearing was that America's tax code is in dire need of simplification. But short of that happening, Rep. Keith Ellison hopes Cook will realize he "ought to want to help pay the expenses of this country" because without the government's help, Apple woudn't have been successful in the first place.

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Keith Ellison rescinds support for Diane Hofstede, now backing Jacob Frey

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When Hofstede (left) lost the DFL endorsement to Frey (right), she also lost Keith Ellison's support.
One of this year's most interesting Minneapolis City Council races is shaping up in the 3rd Ward, where embattled incumbent Diane Hofstede faces a strong challenge from young lawyer Jacob Frey.

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In January, four of Hofstede's council colleagues came out in open opposition to her reelection. Hofstede responded with a press release listing some of her supporters, including three council members and Congressman Keith Ellison. But after Hofstede conceded the 3rd Ward's DFL endorsement to Frey earlier this month, Ellison apparently had second thoughts.

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