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: read more
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 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
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
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
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has decided to take on the restoration of felon voting rights in his final year in office, pushing lawmakers in Richmond to take on the issue in Wednesday's State of the Commonwealth address. read more
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: read more
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
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