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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann talks with members of the Texas delegation on the floor of the during the second session of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 28, 2012. (Photo by Joe Skipper/REUTERS)

Michele Bachmann accused of stiffing campaign staffers' pay

01/11/13 10:52AM

Congresswoman and unsuccessful presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who has already complained this year of the "spending problem in Washington," appears to have a spending problem of her own. A former staffer claims the Minnesota Republican is refusing to pay him and four other staffers for their work on the Iowa caucuses. “I haven’t any idea, and I say that with great candor and humility, as to why Michele chooses not to pay a handful of staff,” said Peter Waldron, a consultant in charge of Christian outreach. read more

File Photo: National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre pauses as he makes a statement during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 (Photo by Evan Vucci/AP)

NRA slams WH after task force meeting, claiming prejudice

01/10/13 04:36PM

The NRA emerged from a closed door meeting on gun violence prevention with no kind words for White House officials, complaining that policy proposals the organization suggested had been "prejudged" and that too much time was spent discussing gun restrictions. The NRA released the following statement after the meeting:
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In this file photo Ted Nugent screams for a photo at his ranch near Crawford, Texas, Friday,  April 22, 2005.  (Photo by LM Otero/AP File)

Ted Nugent says gun owners will be the next Rosa Parks

01/10/13 11:35AM

Ted Nugent is known for making controversial and even threatening statements, and now he's comparing gun owners to the civil rights icon Rosa Parks. In an interview with WorldNetDaily, Nugent said, “There will come a time when the gun owners of America, the law-abiding gun owners of America, will be the Rosa Parks and we will sit down on the front seat of the bus, case closed.” read more

Wayne LaPierre, Exec. VP and CEO of the National Rifle Association (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

NRA must drop 'slippery-slope' rhetoric

01/09/13 08:10PM

Congressman David Price, a Democrat from North Carolina and a vice chair on the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, said the NRA must be willing to adapt if there is to be any meaningful progress on gun control. "Of course we need political leadership, including political leadership from perhaps unexpected quarters to encourage us to come together on this," Price said on Wednesday's PoliticsNation. "It is going to require the NRA and other organizations to be part of the solution, not to just dig in with resistance," he said. read more

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio being greeted by colleagues on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday after surviving a roll call vote in the newly convened 113th Congress. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

Poll: Congress unpopular, but Democrats more liked than Republicans

01/09/13 01:44PM

Congress may be less popular than cockroaches and root canals, but new polling shows that  voters dislike Republicans significantly more than Democrats. The entire body has a 7% approval rating since the fiscal cliff debacle that dragged out until the very last minute. Democrats in Congress emerged with a 38% approval rating while their Republican counterparts are approved by only 15% of voters. Even GOP voters don't like their GOP lawmakers in Washington, with 25% approving and 61% disapproving. read more

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Poll: NRA reputation takes a hit after Newtown response

01/09/13 01:17PM

A new poll out from Public Policy Polling shows the N.R.A has seen a 10-point drop in popularity since Wayne LaPierre's Dec. 21 press conference responding to the tragic Newtown, Ct., school shooting. The organization now has a negative favorability rating, with 45% of voters viewing it negatively and only 42% viewing it positively. That's down from a 48% positive and 41% negative image before the press conference. read more

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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