It looks like the GOP’s plan to suppress liberal-skewed voters backfired.
The 2012 presidential election may have been the first time blacks voted at a higher rate than whites, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center—despite several Republican-controlled state legislatures passing new voter identification laws.
African-Americans made up 12% of the eligible electorate this year, yet they accounted for 13% of total votes cast. This is the second presidential election in a row in which black voters “over-performed” (they did so in 2008 by the same proportion). read more
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