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President Barack Obama greets patrons as he visits Island Snow for shave ice in Kailua, Hawaii, during his holiday vacation, Thursday, Jan 3, 2013. (Photo by Gerald Herbert/AP)

Vacation outrage: Right slams Obama for Hawaii trip, ignoring the facts

01/04/13 03:55PM

Right wing pundits have never shied away from criticizing President Obama for going on vacation, and his return to Hawaii in the wake of the fiscal cliff deal is providing great fodder for their griping. Rush Limbaugh called the Hawaii trip a "slap in the face" to Republicans on his Thursday radio show. Fox's Sean Hannity railed against the return too. "Our dedicated Commander in Chief has since returned to his wonderful vacation in Hawaii, once again showing us all that he simply does not have your best interests in mind," he said this week. read more

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden applaud federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, after the president announced her as his nominee to the Supreme Court (Photo by Alex Brandon/AP)

Biden picks Sotomayor to swear him in to office

01/04/13 10:43AM

Vice President Joe Biden has picked Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to swear him into office at the 57th inauguration later this month. Sotomayor, who was President Obama's first appointment to the Supreme Court, will become the first Hispanic, and fourth female Justice to administer the oath of office. read more

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., front row, center, poses with other female House members on the steps of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, prior to the official opening of the 113th Congress  (Photo by Cliff...

113th Congress: Most diverse, most like the rest of America

01/03/13 09:57PM

The 113th Congress is officially at work--and it's the most diverse in history, meaning its members look at least a little bit more like the makeup of the people they were elected to serve. Let's look at the numbers:
 101 women, including 20 in the Senate alone 
 43 African-Americans 
 31 Latinos 
 12 Asian-Americans 
 7 openly gay or bisexual members 
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Rep. Alan Grayson serving in the 111th Congress (Photo by Evan Vucci/AP)

Rep. Grayson rips GOP on first day back in Congress

01/03/13 09:00PM

One of the toughest talkers from the 111th Congress is back on Capitol Hill, and Rep. Alan Grayson had harsh words for his colleagues on the other side of the aisle mere hours after being sworn in for his second term, calling their decision to hold the debt ceiling hostage "legislative terrorism." " using the debt ceiling as a means to cut Social Security benefits, cut Medicare benefits, cut unemployment insurance, cut anything of any use to any ordinary human being in this country simple because they want more money for tax cuts for the rich," he said on PoliticsNation Thursday. read more

New Congress, new start?

New Congress, new start?

01/03/13 07:00PM

The 113th Congress sworn in is the most diverse in history, but with Speaker John Boehner keeping his leadership role in the House, will anything get done?... watch

(File photo by Pat Sullivan/AP)

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