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File Photo: Americans also said they preferred sitting in traffic to the Congress in a new PPP poll. (Photo by Reed Saxon/AP file)

Poll: Americans prefer cockroaches and root canals to Congress

01/08/13 01:30PM

In the wake of the last minute fiscal cliff deal, a new poll has found that Congress' unpopularity surpasses that of some of the most loathed experiences and pests in American culture, including root canals, cock roaches, traffic jams, and even head lice. To come up with the results, Public Policy Polling asked respondents whether they had a higher opinion of Congress or one of a series of "unpleasant or disliked things" and tallied the preferences. read more

File Photo: Former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, left, and her husband Mark Kelly leave after the sentencing of Jared Loughner, in back of U.S. District Court Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. Giffords and Kelly launched a political action...

Giffords fights against gun lobby with new PAC

01/08/13 08:10AM

On the two year anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed 6 and injured 19 including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, she and her husband have launched Americans for Responsible Solutions, a political action committee designed to "join a national conversation about gun violence prevention, will raise the funds necessary to balance the influence of the gun lobby." read more

Speaker of the House John Boehner talks with reporters after the weekly House GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Are Southerners sinking the GOP?

01/07/13 08:28PM

Mitt Romney successfully won the presidency--of the former Confederate States of America. Since Ronald Reagan converted Southern Democrats, the South has been solidly Republican. The GOP can thank the conservative South for many of the seats it holds in Congress today. But those same Southerners may also be responsible for the party's image problem as an extremist party. read more

President Barack Obama greets patrons as he visits Island Snow for shave ice in Kailua, Hawaii, during his holiday vacation, Thursday, Jan 3, 2013. (Photo by Gerald Herbert/AP)

Vacation outrage: Right slams Obama for Hawaii trip, ignoring the facts

01/04/13 03:55PM

Right wing pundits have never shied away from criticizing President Obama for going on vacation, and his return to Hawaii in the wake of the fiscal cliff deal is providing great fodder for their griping. Rush Limbaugh called the Hawaii trip a "slap in the face" to Republicans on his Thursday radio show. Fox's Sean Hannity railed against the return too. "Our dedicated Commander in Chief has since returned to his wonderful vacation in Hawaii, once again showing us all that he simply does not have your best interests in mind," he said this week. read more

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden applaud federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, after the president announced her as his nominee to the Supreme Court (Photo by Alex Brandon/AP)

Biden picks Sotomayor to swear him in to office

01/04/13 10:43AM

Vice President Joe Biden has picked Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to swear him into office at the 57th inauguration later this month. Sotomayor, who was President Obama's first appointment to the Supreme Court, will become the first Hispanic, and fourth female Justice to administer the oath of office. read more

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., front row, center, poses with other female House members on the steps of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, prior to the official opening of the 113th Congress  (Photo by Cliff...

113th Congress: Most diverse, most like the rest of America

01/03/13 09:57PM

The 113th Congress is officially at work--and it's the most diverse in history, meaning its members look at least a little bit more like the makeup of the people they were elected to serve. Let's look at the numbers:
 101 women, including 20 in the Senate alone 
 43 African-Americans 
 31 Latinos 
 12 Asian-Americans 
 7 openly gay or bisexual members 
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Rep. Alan Grayson serving in the 111th Congress (Photo by Evan Vucci/AP)

Rep. Grayson rips GOP on first day back in Congress

01/03/13 09:00PM

One of the toughest talkers from the 111th Congress is back on Capitol Hill, and Rep. Alan Grayson had harsh words for his colleagues on the other side of the aisle mere hours after being sworn in for his second term, calling their decision to hold the debt ceiling hostage "legislative terrorism." " using the debt ceiling as a means to cut Social Security benefits, cut Medicare benefits, cut unemployment insurance, cut anything of any use to any ordinary human being in this country simple because they want more money for tax cuts for the rich," he said on PoliticsNation Thursday. read more

New Congress, new start?

New Congress, new start?

01/03/13 07:00PM

The 113th Congress sworn in is the most diverse in history, but with Speaker John Boehner keeping his leadership role in the House, will anything get done?... watch