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Jim DeMint: "the CEO of the conservative movement"
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Will Tea Party hero pass up fat federal pension?

12/07/12 04:43PM

Jim DeMint has built a reputation as perhaps the Senate’s foremost small government champion. So, will he save taxpayers money by declining to cash in the roughly $37,000-per-year federal pension he’ll be in line to start receiving next year? He won’t say. DeMint’s office hasn’t responded to multiple inquiries since Thursday from msnbc.com about whether he’ll accept his pension, now that he’s announced he’s leaving the Senate to run the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank. read more

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Obama and Clinton competing for votes--Grammy votes.

12/07/12 12:24AM

First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton are going head-to-head in a competition for votes, but not the votes of the American people. These two are hoping to win over the Grammy voters. Both the First Lady and former President Clinton have been nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Spoken Word Album” category, which features audio books. The First Lady’s nomination came for “American Grown,” while Clinton’s nod is for his book “Back to Work.” read more

Union workers fill the entire of the Capitol rotunda in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Hundreds of chanting and cheering protesters streamed back into the Michigan Capitol after receiving a court order saying that the building must reopen. The...

In Michigan, 'an absolute attack on unions'

12/06/12 08:00PM

Hundreds of union workers protested outside the Capitol in Lansing today. Inside, Republicans were pushing controversial anti-union legislation that would make Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state. The legislation would strip power from the state's labor movement, including the historic auto unions of Detroit. read more

Speaker Boehner under fire

Speaker Boehner under fire

12/06/12 07:00PM

Is a civil war brewing within the GOP? Sen. Jim DeMint seemed to indicate to Rush Limbaugh the Speaker John Boehner might have something to worry about.... watch

Fiscal cliff gets personal

Fiscal cliff gets personal

12/06/12 07:00PM

President Obama took his fiscal fight to Virginia and met with a family who will be facing a 4,000 dollar tax hike if a deal is not reached. All signs... watch

Workers fight back in Michigan

Workers fight back in Michigan

12/06/12 07:00PM

Gov. Rick Snyder and other GOP lawmakers are trying to ram through a “right to work” law that would gut the state’s labor movement. Workers are filling the... watch

File Photo: Senator Jim DeMint, R-SC, speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee February 9, 2012 at a hotel in Washington, DC (Photo:- by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images File)

Tea Party favorite Jim DeMint quitting Senate to run conservative think tank

12/06/12 11:05AM

Sen. Jim DeMint, perhaps the most prominent voice for the Tea Party in Congress, will step down to lead the Heritage Foundation, his office announced Thursday morning. "I'm leaving the Senate now, but I'm not leaving the fight," DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, said in a statement. "I've decided to join The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas." read more

In this June 23, 2012 file photo, first lady Michelle Obama gives the keynote address to the African Methodist Episcopal Church general conference in Nashville, Tenn.  (AP FILE Photo/Donn Jones)

Poll shows Michelle Obama would best Illinois senator in 2016

12/06/12 10:00AM

A new poll has found first lady Michelle Obama would beat Republican Mark Kirk by 11 points in a face-off for his Illinois Senate seat if she were to run. The first lady has said more than once that she is not interested in running for office, but her answer has varied from "absolutely not" to "probably not" within the same response. Still, her charm and popularity has fans speculating. read more

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'We are recognizing our power,' says Rosie Perez

12/05/12 08:17PM

Rosie Perez, one of the most distinctive voices in American film, is also an activist. She's serves on the president's advisory council on HIV/AIDs and makes a point to speak up on the issues that matter to her. She made waves in the 2012 election when she made a YouTube video mocking Mitt Romney for claiming he'd have an easier time getting elected if he were Latino. read more

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