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Virginia committee kills felon voting rights bill

01/15/13 12:00PM

A Republican-controlled House subcommittee refused to advance a bill to restore felon voting rights Monday despite support from prominent Republicans in the state. Virginia is one of only four states in which former felons have a narrow and complicated path to navigate in order to have their voting rights restored. Governor Bob McDonnell has restored those rights for more than 4,000 felons who've served their time, but more than 350,000 still lack the right to cast a ballot. read more

Rev. Sharpton and Gun Appreciation Day chairman Larry Ward face off on PoliticsNation.

WATCH: Gun Appreciation Day organizer insists he's honoring MLK's legacy, Sharpton responds

01/14/13 07:39PM

Larry Ward, chairman of the "Gun Appreciation Day" campaign, said Monday that "Not only do I stand by my statement that Gun Appreciation Day honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, but also the entire civil rights movement." Ward joined Rev. Al Sharpton on PoliticsNation to defend his controversial comments about King, and Sharpton argued vigorously about King's legacy, pointing out that the civil rights leader preached non-violence and was killed by a gun. read more

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gestures while taking part in a panel discussion at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. (Photo by Michael Dwyer/AP)

Clarence Thomas breaks 7-year court silence, with crack about Harvard Law

01/14/13 05:13PM

For the first time in almost seven years, Justice Clarence Thomas spoke aloud during oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The silence was broken today during a hearing for the Boyer v. Louisiana case, in which lawyers for Jonathan Edward Boyer are trying to have his murder conviction overturned. The conversation drifted to whether or not his lawyers—Harvard Law grad Stephen Singer and Yale Law grad Christine Lehman—were to represent him. Here's how Reuters reported the exchange:
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President Barack Obama speaks during his final news conference of his first term in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Obama: 'We are not a deadbeat nation'

01/14/13 02:36PM

President Obama hammered Republicans for threatening to refuse to pay America's bills by raising the debt ceiling "if they don't get 100% of their way." Obama kicked off the final press conference of his first term by outlining his second term agenda, including job growth, energy independence, immigration and guns legislation, but quickly pivoted to discuss the impending Congressional battle over raising the debt ceiling, saying "we've got to stop lurching from crisis to crisis." read more

Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell  (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for Meet The Press)

Powell slams GOP for 'dark vein of intolerance'

01/13/13 01:48PM

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that the Republican party is suffering from a "dark vein of intolerance" and that some in the party seem to "look down on minorities." Powell pointed to former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's use of the "shuck and jive" phrase in reference to President Obama, calling it a "racial era slave term," and took on Romney surrogate John Sununu for calling President Obama "lazy." read more

US President Barack Obama (R) and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai leave after a joint press conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 11, 2013. Obama and Karzai said that American forces would hand the lead in the...

Obama has 'guts' for accelerated troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

01/11/13 08:00PM

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill greeted President Obama's announcement of the acceleration of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan with enthusiasm this week, after the two countries agreed to draw the over a decade-long war to a close earlier than expected. "Today is a great day for the American troops but also for our country." former Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy said Friday on PoliticsNation, offering a unique perspective on the news as the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress.   read more