Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed Tuesday, a victim of gun violence. Her death is inspiring people around the country to push for change to gun laws. Hadiya’s mother Cleo Cowley shares her story with Rev. Al Sharpton. watch
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the likely Republican nominee for governor, will release a book next month that includes what many are calling the new 47% argument of 2013.
In the new book, “The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight for American Liberty,” Cuccinelli argues that "bad politicians set out to grow government" to "make people dependent on government." read more
The mother of one of the survivors of the Virginia Tech shooting told elected leaders to stand up to the NRA, a group she argues doesn't even deserve to be "at the table" in the gun safety debate.
Lori Haas joined PoliticsNation Wednesday after attending the contentious Senate hearing which featured testimony from gun control advocates, gun rights supporters, and experts in law enforcement. NRA head Wayne LaPierre voiced some of the strongest opposition to new regulations, including shooting down a proposal to close the background check loophole. read more
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords testified before Congress that “the time is now” to act on gun violence. But many opponents still believe no new gun laws are needed. Lori Haas, who lost a daughter in the Virginia Tech shooting, and Clarence Page of the... watch
Women in the U.S. still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Now Senate Democrats are trying to change that with the Paycheck Fairness Act. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Cali., and Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., discuss whether Republicans will... watch
President Obama’s favorability rating is at 60 percent, and liberals aren’t the only ones backing the president’s policies. He has support from moderates and conservatives as well. Bob Shrum and Cynthia Tucker weigh in. watch
Sen. John Kerry said goodbye to the Senate Wednesday, as he moves to his new role as Secretary of State. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has named Boston lawyer Mo Cowan as an interim replacement. Where does the race go from here? Author and... watch
The scheme to rig the Electoral College is losing steam across the country, as leaders in nearly every state that's been mulling the plan have since backed off the idea. The plan appears to be all but DOA in Virginia, Ohio, Florida, and Michigan, and the likelihood of passage is shrinking in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. read more
Captain Mark Kelly, husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, took a moment during a long and contentious gun violence hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to break news of yet another shooting in his home state of Arizona.
According to the latest reports, three victims are in critical condition and another three have minor injuries after a workplace shooting. Phoenix Police Sargent Tommy Thompson said that the shooting does not appear to be random. read more
Two senators who typically find themselves on the same side of the issues find themselves rooting against each other this week as their home state teams prepare to go head to head in Superbowl XLVII.
Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have placed a friendly wager with on the outcome of this Sunday's Superbowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, and Boxer and Mikulski joined PoliticsNation on Wednesday to cheer on their teams. read more
Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor student in Chicago was one of the good ones. She was on her school’s drill team, studied hard and friends say she always had an easy smile for anyone who needed one. As part of her school’s marching band, Pendleton even got the chance to perform during President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade in Washington a little more than a week ago.
But after classes ended on Tuesday afternoon Pendleton’s seemingly limitless light was dimmed in a manner far too frequent in Chicago: in a hail of gunfire. read more
A new Washington Post / ABC News poll shows President Obama's popularity has jumped six points since the election to a 60% approval rating, the highest he's earned since his first year in office.
Nearly 4 in 10 said they have a strongly favorable opinion of the president, the most popular response. The number who have a strongly unfavorable opinion of the president has dropped since last November. According to the pollsters, "It’s the first time he’s been significantly more strongly popular than unpopular since early 2010." read more
President Obama’s second term is off and running with signs the economy is recovering and momentum on immigration reform. MSNBC’s Krystall Ball and HuffPost Live’s Abby Huntsman talk about how the growing economy impact’s the president’s agenda. watch