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Is Ted Cruz the new McCarthy?

02/22/13 03:20PM

New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer on Friday became the latest to ask if Texas freshman Sen. Ted Cruz is the new Joseph McCarthy, the man who infamously accused countless individuals of communism based on no evidence. Sen. Barbara Boxer and msnbc's own Chris Matthews have made similar insinuations about Cruz after his aggressive questioning of Chuck Hagel and factually inaccurate allegations. But it turns out Cruz accused his own alma mater (Harvard Law School) of "harboring a dozen Communists"--and that discovery adds another plank to the argument. read more

File Photo: African-Americans line up to vote in the presidential election November 4, 2008 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Crucial protection for minority voters in peril

02/22/13 06:00AM

Delores Freelon had been a reliable voter for decades. But in 2011, her home state of South Carolina passed a restrictive photo ID law that threatened to prevent her from casting a ballot. Freelon’s driver’s license was set to expire later that year, and she couldn’t get a new one without a birth certificate. But like many older African-Americans born in the rural south, her birth certificate had no first name on it. Though Freelon had a Social Security card, a Medicare card, and a state health insurance card all bearing her name, she appeared to be out of luck. read more

Ted Cruz, new Republican savior?

Ted Cruz, new Republican savior?

02/21/13 07:00PM

The right’s going crazy for freshman Sen. Ted Cruz – including Karl Rove. Jonathan Capehart, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, and Rev. Al Sharpton talk about if Ted Cruz and his extreme right-wing ideologies are the GOP’s idea of change. watch

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office building on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, to urge Congress to come up with an alternative plan to avert...

Obama: 'Both the best of times and worst of times' for the black community

02/21/13 05:10PM

President Obama argued Republicans are unwilling to negotiate a balanced deal to avoid the impending devastating budget cuts because they believe that "nothing is important enough to raise taxes on wealthy individuals or corporations." Obama made the remarks during an interview with Reverend Al Sharpton on his radio show "Keepin' It Real" as part of his ongoing campaign to help explain the impending and unpopular sequestration budget cuts to Americans. read more

Musician and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent listens as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) invited Nugent as his guest...

Nugent: President Obama is a 'clear and present danger' to black America

02/21/13 02:05PM

Whether he's on stage at a rock concert or in the halls of the Capitol, Ted Nugent has a penchant for making offensive comments, and his latest op-ed for the ultra-conservative World Net Daily is no exception. He writes, "Barack Obama, the guy who received roughly 93 percent of black American votes, is the clear and present engineer of the destruction of black America." But is it all Obama's fault? Whew! Fortunately Nugent says no. "It’s not all the president’s fault, but the economic and social policies he endorses are destroying what is left of a once proud and strong black America." read more

This undated file photo released by Obama for America shows Barack Obama teaching at the University of Chicago Law School.  (AP Photo/Obama for America, file)

'You hear that?' Obama's 'startling experience' with gunfire

02/20/13 09:30PM

President Barack Obama has had a personal connection to many of the causes he's championed through his presidency. He often invoked his mother's experiences with cancer while he advocated for the Affordable Care Act. He reminds voters he and Michelle only recently finished paying back their own students loans when he pushes for Pell grants and other education funding. He lost his composure when he addressed the nation on the day of the Newtown school shootings, saying he couldn't help reacting as a parent. read more

Republicans show their true colors on the...

Republicans show their true colors on the sequester

02/20/13 07:00PM

In his Washington Post op-ed Speaker John Boehner admits that the sequester cuts threaten jobs, security, and more. But will there be new proposals to stop the cuts from kicking in? Rev. Al Sharpton talks to’s Joy Reid and economist Jared... watch