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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

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