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Signaling intent, Dem lawmakers offer gun control bill

01/03/13 02:40PM

Two leading gun control supporters in Congress are using the first day of the new session to introduce a ban on high-capacity magazines. Though the measure is unlikely to pass the GOP-controlled House, the move is a sign that gun-control advocates are determined to press their cause in the wake of last month’s Newtown, Conn. school shootings. read more

Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, Oct. 30, 2012.  (Photo by AP/Rex Features)

N.J. Congressman: Boehner punished Sandy victims because they're not from red states

01/02/13 08:16PM

New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone had harsh words for John Boehner less than 24 hours after the speaker reneged on a promise to vote for Sandy aid spending, accusing him of throwing states like his and New York under the bus because they aren't red states. "I think this is totally because this is New York and New Jersey," he said on PoliticsNation. "Boehner would not have done this if this was a red state. It's because these are blue states." read more

The fight ahead in 2013

The fight ahead in 2013

01/02/13 07:00PM

In a video released Wednesday, President Obama explained some of the battles ahead in the new year. Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post, and Dr. James Patterson... watch

The fight is just beginning

The fight is just beginning

01/02/13 07:00PM

Rev. Al Sharpton reflects on the hard-fought battles of the past year and explains why the fight is only just beginning, and what is at stake in the new year. watch

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton transferring  buildings at New York Presbyterian Hospital with husband, Bill and daughter, Chelsea Wednesday afternoon prior to being released. (Photo by Joshua Lott/REUTERS)

Where's the apology? Silence from the right on Hillary's illness

01/02/13 05:33PM

From snickering about "immaculate concussion" to skeptically bemoaning the "Benghazi flu," Clinton's critics have had a lot of disregard and very little concern for the secretary of state's health since a concussion forced her to delay testimony on the Benghazi attacks. Clinton had been at New York's Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday where she had been under close watch by doctors who had discovered a blood clot between her brain and skull found during a follow-up MRI. read more

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., left, joined by other New York area-lawmakers affected by Superstorm Sandy, express their anger and disappointment after learning the House Republican leadership decided to allow the current term of Congress to end without...

Bipartisan outrage as House GOP refuses to vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims

01/02/13 08:40AM

In a move angering some within their own party, House Republicans reneged late last night on their promise to take up a multi-billion dollar spending bill to provide aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy. The bill would have provided $60 billion in relief to areas heavily impacted by the October storm. A spokesman for Speaker Boehner said in a statement: "The Speaker is committed to getting this bill passed this month." But that reassurance was not enough for many in his own party. read more

Supporters cheer at the end of President Barack Obama remarks during an election night party, early Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (Photo by Matt Rourke/AP)

For liberals, 2012 was the year of resilience

12/28/12 09:40PM

This was not supposed to have been an easy year for U.S. liberals. After the Tea Party wave of 2010 and the unprecedented flood of money brought in by the Citizens United ruling, the deck was stacked against many on the left. But liberals fought back and won: this was the year of resilience. read more