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The Mississippi flag, photographed at the Capitol in Jackson, has been compared to a "badge of slavery," by civil rights groups.  (Photo by Rogelio Solis/AP)

Mississippi finally ratifies amendment banning slavery

02/18/13 12:15PM

Welcome to the 19th century, Mississippi. As of this month, Mississippi has finally officially ratified the 13th amendment that banned slavery, but it took the research of a curious University of Mississippi Medical Center professor and his colleague to make it happen. According to the Jackson Clarion Ledger, Dr. Ranjan Batra and his colleague Ken Sullivan became inspired to find out their own state's take on the amendment after seeing the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln last November. read more

Elizabeth Warren takes on regulators in a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Watch out Wall Street: Warren comes out blazing in first hearing

02/15/13 03:46PM

It might have been Valentine's Day but newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren showed she still has no love for Wall Street fraudsters, coming out fighting for the little guy after a relatively quiet first month in office. Warren kicked off her first appearance in a banking committee hearing by grilling regulators during a hearing on “Wall Street Reform: Oversight of Financial Stability and Consumer and Investor Protections.” Witnesses included representatives from the Treasury Department, SEC, and Warren's own creation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. read more

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, election officials check the photo identification card of a voter in Cimarron, Kan. Voter ID laws designed to deter fraud may end up blocking thousands of legitimate ballots.  (AP Photo/The The Hutchinson News,...

New wave of voter suppression: The show me your ID state

02/15/13 01:54PM

The Show Me state is on the verge of becoming the "show me your ID" state as Missouri Republicans move closer towards passing a voter ID requirement in the state. Despite strong opposition from Democrats, Republicans in the House passed a measure Thursday that would require voters to show a photo ID before voting. The bill now heads to the Senate, which is also Republican controlled. House Speaker Tim Jones, echoing the justification used by many pro-voter ID Republicans, called it a "common-sense" idea. “It protects the integrity of the voting process.” read more

Kerry Kennedy joined PoliticsNation to explain why the gun deaths in her family inspire her to push for reforms.

A Kennedy pleads, 'Save American lives'

02/14/13 08:56PM

Kerry Kennedy knows more about the impact of gun violence than many Americans. When she was just a child, she lost her uncle, President John Kennedy, and her father, Senator Robert Kennedy, to bullets. "It's almost impossible to describe the pain of losing your father to a senseless murder or the anger and fear of knowing that murder might have been avoided," she said on Thursday's PolticsNation. read more

 Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Armed Services Committee's confirmation hearing. He was rumored to have given a paid speech to a fake organization called "Friends of Hamas." (AP Photo/J. Scott...

Failure of filibuster reform puts Hagel confirmation at risk

02/14/13 02:40PM

Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s choice for Defense Secretary, is at risk of not being confirmed, thanks to a potential Republican filibuster—just weeks after Senate Democrats backed down in their bid to make such filibusters far harder. That’s got progressive activists who pushed for reform telling Harry Reid and co.: ‘We told you so.” read more

Photo by Alex Brandon/AP

A lesson in fearmongering from Wayne LaPierre

02/14/13 11:31AM

Having spent most of the last five years scaring gun owners into believing Barack Obama would take their guns, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre's decided to take his fearmongering to a whole new level in an opinion article for the Daily Caller. In the piece LaPierre warns against violent Latin American drug gangs, terrorists, Hurricane Sandy looters and psychotic criminals. The only solution for the individual American is to own a gun. read more

Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address

A swig and a miss! The scorecard on Rubio

02/13/13 09:01PM

Senator Marco Rubio had a big night on Tuesday, but he's gotten a whole lot more buzz for grabbing a sip of water than for anything else he said in his official Republican rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address. The sip lit up twitter, bringing in 92,000 tweets a minute, and the hashtags "watergate" and "Poland Spring" started trending. Rubio gets credit for joining the joke instead of fighting it, via twitter:
 #GOPResponse #SOTU #gop #tcot… — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 13, 2013 
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Obama to GOP: Get on board or get out of...

Obama to GOP: Get on board or get out of the way

02/13/13 07:00PM

President Obama kicked off a road trip to promote the plans laid out in his State of the Union address. His first stop was a factory in North Carolina where he focused on fairness. Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and Michelle Cottle join Rev. Al Sharpton. watch

Republicans stay seated over the poor, women

Republicans stay seated over the poor, women

02/13/13 07:00PM

Enthusiasm for the president’s State of the Union speech brought attendants to their feet 41 times, yet Republicans kept to their seats over women’s issues, poverty issues and preschoolers. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., talks with Rev. Al Sharpton... watch

President calls for action on equality

President calls for action on equality

02/13/13 07:00PM

The president’s State of the Union address was a call to action to level the playing field for all Americans. Russell Simmons has been active in the fight for fairness, and joins Rev. Al Sharpton to talk about the progress made. watch

‘They deserve a vote’

‘They deserve a vote’

02/13/13 07:00PM

President Obama made it very clear in the State of the Union speech that he will not back down on gun control, and argued that people who have been victims of gun violence deserve a vote. Rev. Al Sharpton explains. watch

Musician and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent listens as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) invited Nugent as his guest...

Ted Nugent's bizarre response to the SOTU

02/13/13 11:57AM

Texas Rep. Steve Stockman's controversial State of the Union guest Ted Nugent brought his trademark severe rhetoric back into the spotlight as he took on the "media orgy" in Statuary Hall after the speech. The aging rocker called Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin "s*#t for brains" for his comments that Nugent was an "odd choice for a member of Congress to invite someone who threatened the life of the President." When asked what it was like sitting in the chamber alongside victims of gun violence, Nugent launched into a confusing rant about "engineered recidivism" and the mental health system. read more