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Kerry Kennedy joined PoliticsNation to explain why the gun deaths in her family inspire her to push for reforms.

A Kennedy pleads, 'Save American lives'

02/14/13 08:56PM

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

 Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Armed Services Committee's confirmation hearing. He was rumored to have given a paid speech to a fake organization called "Friends of Hamas." (AP Photo/J. Scott...

Failure of filibuster reform puts Hagel confirmation at risk

02/14/13 02:40PM

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

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A lesson in fearmongering from Wayne LaPierre

02/14/13 11:31AM

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

Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address

A swig and a miss! The scorecard on Rubio

02/13/13 09:01PM

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… — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 13, 2013 
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Obama to GOP: Get on board or get out of...

Obama to GOP: Get on board or get out of the way

02/13/13 07:00PM

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

Republicans stay seated over the poor, women

Republicans stay seated over the poor, women

02/13/13 07:00PM

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

President calls for action on equality

President calls for action on equality

02/13/13 07:00PM

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

‘They deserve a vote’

‘They deserve a vote’

02/13/13 07:00PM

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

Musician and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent listens as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) invited Nugent as his guest...

Ted Nugent's bizarre response to the SOTU

02/13/13 11:57AM

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


If we don't fix voting problems, 'we are betraying our ideals'

02/12/13 10:16PM

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

Desiline Victor, a 102 year old Haitian born American who waited three hours in line to vote last year, will be a guest of the First Lady at the State of the Union (Photo: Advancement Project)

Meet Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old voter

02/12/13 07:27PM

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

Cleo Pendleton, mother of slain teenager Hadiya Pendleton, speaks at a Capitol Hill press conference organized by the group Demand a Plan.

'I'm here today because my daughter never came home'

02/12/13 05:21PM

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

Muscician and gun rights activist Ted Nugent addresses a seminar at the National Rifle Association's 140th convention in Pittsburgh  Sunday, May 1, 2011.  (Photo by Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Ted Nugent: I will 'demilitarize' before going to SOTU

02/12/13 12:16PM

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