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Myrna Peralta, left, and other voters react after the elections office in Miami-Dade County reopened its doors to voters who waited in long lines for an absentee ballot in Doral, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 4. The doors were closed after election officials were...

GOP's electoral vote scheme likely illegal in Virginia

01/25/13 12:43PM

A scheme under consideration in Virginia to rig the Electoral College in Republicans' favor could well violate a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, experts on the law say. But that very provision is itself under challenge by the GOP, and could be struck down by the Supreme Court later this year. read more

Failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would have won the 2012 election if a new GOP-backed electoral college plan were implemented nationwide (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

We did the math: How the GOP will gerrymander its way back to the White House

01/24/13 08:45PM

Still reeling from their second straight presidential loss to Barack Obama, Republicans are working to make drastic changes to how electoral college votes are allocated in key swing states. Republicans in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia have all proposed scrapping the "winner take all" electoral vote system in favor of plans that would reward the GOP's recent gerrymandering. The six states considering the varied plans are all swing states that have gone for Barack Obama twice now, and others have been hard fought but ultimately gone blue for even longer. read more

Beyonce performs the national anthem during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Rev. Sharpton defends Beyoncé's performance at the Inauguration

01/24/13 08:40PM

Rev. Sharpton weighed in on the controversy over Beyoncé's lip-sync inaugural performance on Thursday's PoliticsNation, saying that she deserves credit for wanting to put forth the best performance possible for such an important event, while simultaneously driving home the point that the scandal is ultimately not as important as the work President Obama is trying to do. "Some have been trying to say Beyoncé's performance was the big story," Was it live? Was it lip-synced? Both? Who cares! It's not what to remember about the Inauguration." read more

Sister Simone Campbell on PoliticsNation.

This nun says, if you call yourself 'pro-life,' you must support gun control

01/24/13 07:55PM

Sister Simone Campbell appeared on PoliticsNation Thursday to talk about why she's joining other Catholic leaders in pushing for stronger gun control, saying that, "we realized that gun control is really a critical issue to move forward." "We've got to free our voices to speak up for what our communities need, and that is safety by limiting access to these horrible weapons that we do not need." read more

GOP chair says ‘principals are sound’

GOP chair says ‘principals are sound’

01/24/13 07:00PM

Republicans are struggling to rebound from 2012’s losses, but still don’t seem to be getting the message that their policies don’t hold water with the majority of Americans. Meanwhile, President Obama is pushing forward with his agenda despite GOP... watch

Feinstein reintroduces assault weapons ban

Feinstein reintroduces assault weapons ban

01/24/13 07:00PM

Senator Dianne Feinstein reintroduced an assault weapons ban that would limit the sale, transfer, import, or manufacture of more than 100 military-style assault weapons. Rep. Diana Degette, D-Colo., and Sister Simone Campbell talk with Rev. Al Sharpton. watch

Republicans pushing to rig electoral college

Republicans pushing to rig electoral college

01/24/13 07:00PM

Six states that President Obama won are controlled by GOP Houses and governors are pushing to change how the electoral college works. Instead of awarding all the electoral votes to the majority winner, votes would be split along congressional districts... watch

This undated publicity image released by The Weinstein Company shows, Christoph Waltz as Schultz, left, and Jamie Foxx as Django in the film, "Django Unchained," directed by Quentin Tarantino. Foxx says Hollywood should take some responsibility for...

'What would Django do' about gun rights?

01/24/13 06:41PM

The organizers behind last weekend's "Gun Appreciation Day" have been arguing that gun rights is a civil rights issue. Now they're planning a new minority outreach campaign featuring a violent new film. Gun rights advocate Larry Ward is planning a new campaign called "What Would Django Do?" According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ward plans to use the protagonist in the controversial film Django Unchained in an effort to convert more minorities to the pro-gun rights side of the on-going national debate over gun safety. read more

Vice President Joe Biden participates in a Google hangout on gun safety. (Screenshot)

Biden pushes for assault weapons ban in 'Fireside Hangout'

01/24/13 04:00PM

On the same day that Sen. Diane Feinstein introduced a new assault weapons ban, Vice President Joe Biden hosted a "fireside hangout" web conference as part of his continued campaigning for the White House's gun safety agenda. He took questions on some of the more controversial measures, including the proposed assault weapons ban, pushing back against the argument that it wouldn't have a big enough impact to be pursued, saying that one must ask "whether or not assault weapons have any real utility." read more

President Barack Obama signs a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration, entitled a National Day of Hope and Resolve, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, following his ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential...

Will GOP obstructionism subside in Obama's 2nd term?

01/23/13 07:50PM

Four years ago, while newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama danced across Washington D.C. at inaugural balls, key Republicans began plotting how to destroy the new president's political power and stop his policies before they got started. read more

Moving beyond the poll tax

Moving beyond the poll tax

01/23/13 07:12PM

49 years ago, the 24th Amendment forbidding poll taxes in federal elections was ratified. Rev. Al Sharpton remembers this voter suppression tactic and reminds us that the fight for voting rights isn’t over. watch