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Wayne LaPierre, Exec. VP and CEO of the National Rifle Association (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Teacher union president: plan to arm teachers 'dangerous, irresponsible'

12/27/12 07:45PM

National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre responded to the Newtown massacre by suggesting that schools needed more guns, not fewer. His proposal shocked even some already-skeptical critics--but it also found supporters. He told NBC's Meet the Press this past Sunday that "putting a good guy with a gun" in schools was a "pretty darned good argument." Many pro-gun lawmakers and local enthusiasts seem to agree with him, and have begun pushing forward with plans to help arm teachers and other school officials. read more

Voters stand in line to cast their ballot at Hartford City Hall during the U.S. presidential election in Hartford, Connecticut, November 6, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/Michelle McLoughlin)

Blacks may have voted at higher rate than whites for first time

12/27/12 12:57PM

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

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

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