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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks in Providence, R.I.,  (Photo by Steven Senne/AP File)

Right-wing rips Colin Powell for exposing GOP's 'dark vein of intolerance'

01/15/13 03:36PM

Conservatives have begun bashing former Secretary of State Colin Powell over his comments that the Republican party seems to "look down on minorities" and has a "dark vein of intolerance." Florida Senator Marco Rubio was the first to counter Powell's claims, pointing to the two Republican Hispanic Senators (including himself) and one Republican African-American Senator currently serving as proof. He neglected to mention that that sole African-American Senator, Tim Scott, used to be the party's only African-American Congressman, and his appointment leave them with no black members of Congress. read more

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

GOP leader backs plan to rig election

01/15/13 12:53PM

RNC chair Reince Priebus has thrown his support behind a controversial plan that would split the electoral votes of some Democratic-leaning states, to the advantage of Republican presidential candidates. "I think it's something that a lot of states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking at," Priebus told The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Sunday, adding that the system "gives more local control" to states. read more

Photo: AP/Seth Perlman

Virginia committee kills felon voting rights bill

01/15/13 12:00PM

A Republican-controlled House subcommittee refused to advance a bill to restore felon voting rights Monday despite support from prominent Republicans in the state. Virginia is one of only four states in which former felons have a narrow and complicated path to navigate in order to have their voting rights restored. Governor Bob McDonnell has restored those rights for more than 4,000 felons who've served their time, but more than 350,000 still lack the right to cast a ballot. read more

Rev. Sharpton and Gun Appreciation Day chairman Larry Ward face off on PoliticsNation.

WATCH: Gun Appreciation Day organizer insists he's honoring MLK's legacy, Sharpton responds

01/14/13 07:39PM

Larry Ward, chairman of the "Gun Appreciation Day" campaign, said Monday that "Not only do I stand by my statement that Gun Appreciation Day honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, but also the entire civil rights movement." Ward joined Rev. Al Sharpton on PoliticsNation to defend his controversial comments about King, and Sharpton argued vigorously about King's legacy, pointing out that the civil rights leader preached non-violence and was killed by a gun. read more

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gestures while taking part in a panel discussion at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. (Photo by Michael Dwyer/AP)

Clarence Thomas breaks 7-year court silence, with crack about Harvard Law

01/14/13 05:13PM

For the first time in almost seven years, Justice Clarence Thomas spoke aloud during oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The silence was broken today during a hearing for the Boyer v. Louisiana case, in which lawyers for Jonathan Edward Boyer are trying to have his murder conviction overturned. The conversation drifted to whether or not his lawyers—Harvard Law grad Stephen Singer and Yale Law grad Christine Lehman—were to represent him. Here's how Reuters reported the exchange:
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President Barack Obama speaks during his final news conference of his first term in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Obama: 'We are not a deadbeat nation'

01/14/13 02:36PM

President Obama hammered Republicans for threatening to refuse to pay America's bills by raising the debt ceiling "if they don't get 100% of their way." Obama kicked off the final press conference of his first term by outlining his second term agenda, including job growth, energy independence, immigration and guns legislation, but quickly pivoted to discuss the impending Congressional battle over raising the debt ceiling, saying "we've got to stop lurching from crisis to crisis." read more

Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell  (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for Meet The Press)

Powell slams GOP for 'dark vein of intolerance'

01/13/13 01:48PM

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that the Republican party is suffering from a "dark vein of intolerance" and that some in the party seem to "look down on minorities." Powell pointed to former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's use of the "shuck and jive" phrase in reference to President Obama, calling it a "racial era slave term," and took on Romney surrogate John Sununu for calling President Obama "lazy." read more

US President Barack Obama (R) and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai leave after a joint press conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 11, 2013. Obama and Karzai said that American forces would hand the lead in the...

Obama has 'guts' for accelerated troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

01/11/13 08:00PM

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill greeted President Obama's announcement of the acceleration of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan with enthusiasm this week, after the two countries agreed to draw the over a decade-long war to a close earlier than expected. "Today is a great day for the American troops but also for our country." former Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy said Friday on PoliticsNation, offering a unique perspective on the news as the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress.   read more

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