Republicans need to win more Latino voters if they want to remain a politically relevant party. The imperative to win back those voters is so strong that Senator John McCain openly admits it's the reason others in his party are willing to embrace immigration reform, an issue many otherwise oppose.
But the bad news is that immigration reform may not be enough to help the party close the gap on the growing part of the American electorate. read more
Shirley Chambers lost her son Ronnie to gun violence the last weekend in January. He wasn't the first child Shirley has lost to a gun: he was the fourth. She has no children now.
It began in 1995, when Ronnie's brother Jerome was shot at the age of 18. Five years later, his 15-year-old sister LaToya. Later that same year, another brother, Carlos, lost his life to a bullet. "I only have one child left," Chambers told the Chicago Tribune at the time, "and I'm afraid that won't stop until he's gone too." read more
A group of Democratic and Republican senators announced their proposal to create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Why are Republicans changing their tune? Could their losses in the 2012 election be their inspiration? Maria Teresa Kumar,... watch
After a contentious 2008 campaign, who would have predicted that President Obama and Hillary Clinton would become allies? Nia-Malika Henderson and Michelle Cottle weigh in on the power partnership. watch
President Obama called out Rush Limbaugh and FOX News as contributors to gridlock in government, and said that more Republicans would be open to compromise if they weren’t attacked by the right-wing media. Radio host Joe Madison and Democratic... watch
The gun industry has given millions of dollars to groups that promote guns to children. Rev. Al Sharpton explains the outrage over marketing deadly weapons to children, and why Americans should heed the story of people like Shirley Chambers, who lost... watch
The GOP is calling for a “Republican renewal” while at the same insisting their old policies simply need shining. Former governor Ed Rendell and MSNBC political analyst Michael Steele discuss the lack of change within the party. watch
Eight of the Senate's Republican and Democratic leaders are touting a bipartisan immigration deal. The effort by some Republicans to find common ground with Democrats on such a major issue is a welcome development--even if it's driven primarily by changing voter demographics. read more
The Republican plan to rig the Electoral College in their favor may be a non-starter in Virginia. But that doesn’t mean the party’s giving up on the idea everywhere. And Michigan may be shaping up as the next place where they’ll try it. read more
How the media shapes the debate is "one of the biggest factors" in determining whether his second-term priorities have a fighting chance of survival in Washington, President Obama said.
In a sit-down interview with The New Republic, Obama covered an array of themes likely to define the beginning of his second term, and reflected on the role of the media in shaping the political conversation during his first four years in office. Lawmakers, he argued, would be more willing to compromise if they did not have to worry about their media image. read more
The plan to rig Virginia's electoral vote distribution in favor of Republicans was doomed to fail when Gov. Bob McDonnell refused to back it. But the scheme, if implemented, would have disenfranchised Democratic voters by making their votes worth only three-fifths of a Republican vote. read more
President Barack Obama paused for a moment on Monday as he left the inauguration platform to take one more look at the crowd that had amassed on the National Mall in our nation's capital to see him sworn in for his second historic term.
In that spirit, PoliticsNation took a moment on of Friday's show to look back and remember the best moments of inauguration weekend. read more
Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu joined PoliticsNation Friday to discuss why he penned a letter to President Obama refusing to enforce his laws and telling him, "You are not a dictator or a king, who can act unilaterally and ignore our legislative process of law making."
When pressed on that issue, Babeu was unable to point to any concrete action Obama has taken that would fall into that category. read more