As Congress appears ready to pursue at least some bipartisan gun reform measures, a number of House Democrats will be putting an even stronger spotlight on the issue of gun violence during next week's State of the Union address.
Several Democrats will be seated next to people who've been affected by gun violence, including the family members of many shooting victims, as their official guests during president's annual address on Tuesday. read more
Talk about going out on top! A week after leaving her post, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's popularity surpasses most major national politicians, including President Barack Obama, her successor John Kerry, and many other possible 2016 rivals in both parties, according to a poll released Friday.
Clinton has a 61% favorability rating, with only 34% unfavorability, according to the Quinnipiac poll. Vice President Joe Biden is the second most popular politician by the same measure, with a 46% -41% favorability. Obama trails him slightly with a 46% - 45% split. read more
New York leaders and lawmakers moved faster than anyone else in response to the Sandy Hook elementary shootings, passing sweeping gun control reforms within six weeks of the horrific tragedy. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is responsible for more than just enforcing those laws, he also helped develop them. read more
Senator Diane Feinstein was forced to clear a confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday after repeated outbursts from demonstrators.
Five different protesters from CODEPINK interrupted John Brennan's opening remarks in a five minute span, yelling about government secrecy and the children causalities of drone attacks. One held a sign that called Brennan a "national security risk." read more
White House officials tell NBC News that first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Chicago Saturday to attend the funeral service for Hadiya Pendleton, the teenager killed by a stray bullet in a park about a mile away from the Obama's Chicago home.
Pendleton's death garnered national headlines because she didn't fit the profile of the typical teen lost to gun violence. She was nonviolent, anti-gang, and educationally-minded. She had performed for the president in the Inauguration Day parade only the week before the shooting. read more
President Obama urged his Democratic colleagues in the House to be humble but still feel "confident and bold" about pursuing the populist agenda of fairness and equality, even predicting that the Democrats can take back the House if they focus on "giving back" and "the broader community" in a speech Thursday.
"We don't have a monopoly on wisdom and we need to remember that," he said, but reminded Democrats to have confidence about "the values we care about and what we stand for." read more
Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is optimistic about gun control legislation, insisting that Republicans are ready to pass real reforms. She credits the American public with helping to turn the tide. "There's a new sense of urgency," she said on Wednesday's PoliticsNation. The American people have been very clear that they want to stop the threat of gun violence across America for our children, and they want to see something get done." read more
"Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican." President Ronald Reagan called it the 11th Commandment.
The GOP in general has been fairly disciplined in the last couple of decades. But on Wednesday--which would have been Reagan's 102nd birthday--it was clear that the Commandment no longer holds sway. In fact, the party is engaged in something of a civil war. read more