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President Barack Obama waves from the window of his motorcade vehicle as he returns from a workout at Marine Corp Base Hawai. The president and the first family are in Hawaii for a family holiday vacation. (Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Obama goes back to work--but who's joining him?

12/26/12 11:55AM

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

A woman lights candles while visiting a memorial to the victims of the recent shooting in Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Connecticut December 17, 2012. The small Connecticut town shattered by an act President Barack Obama called "unconscionable evil,"...

'The time for talk is over--it's time for action'

12/21/12 10:45PM

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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice (Photo by Henny Ray Abram/AFP/Getty Images)

GOP can't stop attacking Susan Rice

12/21/12 04:43PM

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

Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) died Monday in Washington, D.C. He was 88.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/File)

Remembering Inouye, who fought war and discrimination

12/20/12 08:34PM

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

Chicago facing gun violence epidemic

Chicago facing gun violence epidemic

12/20/12 07:00PM

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

Remembering Sen. Inouye

Remembering Sen. Inouye

12/20/12 07:00PM

Sen. Daniel Inouye passed away earlier this week after a lifetime of service to his country. Rev. Al Sharpton reflects on Inouye’s many accomplishments,... watch

File Photo: Anton Watson (C) and other children participate in a peace vigil in the Washington Park neighborhood November 30, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.Through the end of October, 436 people were murdered in Chicago, surpassing the 435 murders for all...

In Newtown's shadow, Chicago's bleak gun toll goes on

12/20/12 09:55AM

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

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Poll: Will the GOP come around on gun control?

12/19/12 06:32PM

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. read more

A makeshift memorial in Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters)

How the right would stop another Newtown

12/19/12 04:30PM

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