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For Obama, the gun control battle is personal

For Obama, the gun control battle is personal

02/20/13 07:00PM

Rev. Al Sharpton, Cynthia Tucker, and Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer describe the gun scare that President Obama experienced during his days as a young community organizer that made the gun control battle a personal cause for him, as well as how his time as an... watch

Conan O'Brien discusses his life and the art of comedy during a forum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Thursday, May 24, 2012. (Photo by Michael Dwyer/AP)

Conan O'Brien to host White House Correspondents Dinner

02/20/13 01:45PM

Late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien will have the honor of entertaining Washington's top journalists and politicians at this spring's White House Correspondents Association dinner. He follows Jimmy Kimmel, another late night talk host, and Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers, who performed at the 2012 and 2011 dinners. Meyers had one of the more memorable performances in recent years, joking about Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts just one day before Obama would announce U.S. Navy Seals had successfully found and killed the al-Qaida leader. read more

President Barack Obama kisses author and poet Maya Angelou after awarding her the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Maya Angelou on respect: Women are not the 'b' word, and blacks are not the 'n' word

02/19/13 09:00PM

In the eloquent language that has been a hallmark of her long and impressive career, poet, journalist, and activist Maya Angelou had harsh words for those on the right who've been disrespectful of President Obama. "It's terrible," she said on Tuesday's PoliticsNation. "It just shows that there are a lot of people that want us to continue to be these yet-to-be-United States. It is so stupid." read more

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Rev. Sharpton talked to the mother of a slain Chicago teen: yet another mother, yet another teen

02/19/13 08:27PM

On Friday afternoon, 15-year-old Destini Warren felt like one of the luckiest girls in Chicago. She got to see President Obama in person, attending a speech he gave on fairness, equality, and the gun violence plaguing her hometown of Chicago. Hours later, her 18-year-old sister Janay McFarlane was, like so many Chicago teens, in the wrong place at the wrong time. The bullet wasn't meant for her. But it took her life, nonetheless. Now, Janay's mother, Angela Blakely, is fighting back, taking special aim at the contention that the solution to the gun crisis is more guns. read more