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
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
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
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 twitter.com/marcorubio/sta…
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 13, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
President Obama moved forward on his election night promise to "fix" the long lines in his State of the Union address, announcing a bipartisan commission to be helmed by two lawyers from either side of the aisle, one who worked with Obama and another who worked with his Republican challenger in the last election, Mitt Romney. read more
A 102-year-old Florida woman who waited in line for hours to cast her ballot last fall joined First Lady Michelle Obama at tonight's State of the Union address.
Desiline Victor participated in early voting in Florida, and waited for three hours to cast her ballot on Oct. 28 at a public library in Miami-Dade county when other voters standing in line complained to election staffers. Others in her state waited as many as seven hours to vote, and according to analysis from an Ohio State University professor, about 200,000 voters gave up and left because of those waits. read more
Two weeks after losing her teenage daughter to a stray bullet, a heartbroken and somber Cleo Pendleton urged lawmakers to take action to help prevent senseless gun violence.
"I'm here today because my daughter never came home," she said. "I'm here today because gun violence affected my life, as it has affected the rest of my life."
She implored Congress to take action. "No one should feel the way we do, and I'm appealing to the Congress to be smarter than me," she said. "You guys signed up for the job, do something, you can." read more
From DREAMers to victims of gun violence, Democrats have a long list of guests joining them for this year's State of the Union address.
And Republicans have Ted Nugent.
At least Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman does, and thanks to Nugent's history of incendiary language on everything from guns to race and women's rights, Nugent is the one getting the headlines. read more