With just five days left to broker a deal to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff, President Obama will leave his family behind in Hawaii (where they've been spending the Christmas vacation) to get back to Washington on Wednesday and return to work.
It's unclear when House Republicans will come back to join him in those negotiations. The Senate is due back Thursday for votes, but the House has yet to receive the 48-hour warning to come back to Washington. read more
At 9:30 a.m. this morning, people across the country observed a moment of silence for the victims of the Newtown school shooting. The time marked exactly one week since the gunman marched into the school and began ending innocent lives. Children who'd arrived that morning ready to learn. Educators who'd dedicated their lives to teaching and bettering those lives.
Today we finally heard the nation's large gun organization weigh in on the matter. The NRA's moment of silence had lasted all week, and the words they chose to break that silence with were all too familiar. read more
Republican Senators John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, and Lindsey Graham led the charge against Susan Rice in the wake of the Benghazi attacks, but it turns out that not even her decision to take herself out of the running for secretary of state is enough to end those attacks. read more
Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, who died earlier this week at the age of 88, was not a well-known politician in comparison to many of his colleagues in the Senate. But his reputation was unsurpassed among those who worked with him and knew him.
On Thursday he lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda. It's an honor given to only a few dozen in U.S. history. Inouye's colleagues felt he had earned it.
Inouye served the state of Hawaii as a senator for nearly 50 years. Earlier, as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, he fought alongside fellow Japanese-Americans in World War II. read more
465 people have died due to gun violence in Chicago, including 62 school-aged children. Those deaths have not received the same kind of attention that other incidents have. With gun violence becoming such a huge problem, why isn’t more being done to... watch
Her name never made national news. There were no headlines screaming for gun control. There were no teary eyes in the White House. And no one dared utter the obligatory, ‘it’s not supposed to happen here,’ as they so often do when the young and innocent are so tragically taken.
Heaven Sutton was seven years old when she was killed last summer, struck by a stray bullet as she sold candy and snow cones in her front yard on the eve of Chicago’s hottest day of the year. read more
In the final days of his congressional career, Massachusetts's Barney Frank predicts that at least some Republicans will have the courage to join with Democrats in pursuing new gun laws in the wake of the Newtown mass murder. read more
Many Democrats who've joined PoliticsNation this week have argued that the Newtown shootings have caused a fundamental shift in the direction of gun control in this country. The big question is whether or not enough Republicans can be swayed to get something done.
Since Friday's Newtown shootings, Republicans and prominent conservatives have joined the national debate on how to prevent this from happening again. Of course, almost no elected Republicans have been willing to discuss gun control. Still, some ideas have been relatively reasonable—ensuring better access to mental health services, for instance, or examining the role of video games and movies in creating a culture of violence.
But others have been, um, less so. Here's a quick rundown of some of the more interesting ideas put forward by the right:
Put God back in schools read more