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Magda Castaneda, who opposes the Tea Party, yells during a Tea Party rally at the Daley Plaza Thursday, April 15, 2010, in Chicago. (Photo by Paul Beaty/AP)

On 4th birthday, tea party won't back down

02/19/13 05:33PM

Four years ago, CNBC's Rick Santelli went into an angry tirade on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade in which he called for a tea party resurgence. "We're thinking of having a Chicago tea party in July," he said. "All you capitalists that want to show up to Lake Michigan, I'm going to start organizing." Santelli's rant turned out to be more talk than action, but it helped give birth to the Tea Party groups that grew in 2009 and took over the Republican primary process 2010. read more

President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama in the presidential box near the White House, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. Thousands  marched during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of...

Michelle Obama's "midlife crisis" bangs

02/19/13 10:45AM

The First Lady has finally revealed what inspired the most controversial decision to come out of the East Wing this year. Michelle Obama told TV chef Rachael Ray on her daytime talk show that chopping her locks was her way of living out a "mid-life crisis," noting that she's less than a year away from turning 50. "This is my midlife crisis, the bangs. I couldn't get a sports car,” Michelle Obama joked. “They won't let me bungee-jump. So instead, I cut my bangs." Obama revealed the new hairdo a few days before the inauguration on her 49th birthday, in a tweet.
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Former Sen. Scott Brown (Photo by AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Brown keeping options open for gubernatorial run

02/19/13 08:57AM

Scott Brown may have just joined Fox News as a contributor, but that's not stopping him from considering a run for Governor of Massachusetts in 2014, which he candidly told a local Boston reporter who said she's confident he'll run again,"If I were a betting woman, I would bet that he is going to run for something again." read more

US President Barack Obama waves before delivering his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol on February 12, 2013, in Washington.    (Photo by AUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

What will define Obama's legacy?

02/18/13 10:20PM

"Barack Obama loves presidential history," says White House historian Douglas Brinkley, who has attended meals with the president and talked history with him before. He describes Obama as an avid reader of presidential biographies, and someone who's studied the mistakes and advantages other president's of had. Brinkley says that Obama looks to Lincoln as a favorite because he had an even more intransigent and obstructionist Congress than Obama does today. read more

How history shapes a presidency

How history shapes a presidency

02/18/13 07:00PM

Doug Brinkley, Presidential Historian and author, talks with Rev. Al Sharpton about the lessons President Obama has taken from history, and how it’s shaping is presidency. watch

Republican obstructionist truth is out there

Republican obstructionist truth is out there

02/18/13 07:00PM

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich hinted that any immigration bill led by President Obama will fail because of Republican hostility towards the president. Other members of the party have indicated the obstruction is personal, not political. Former governor... watch

Are faces of tragedy changing gun debate?

Are faces of tragedy changing gun debate?

02/18/13 07:00PM

18-year-old Janay McFarlane, whose younger sister attended President Obama’s speech on gun violence in Chicago, was shot and killed while walking to the store. Will the stories behind gun deaths change the debate in Washington? Clarence Page joins Rev.... watch

Understanding the Republican brain

Understanding the Republican brain

02/18/13 07:00PM

The Obama administration is launching an effort to map the human brain, so PoliticsNation is taking a closer look at what makes up the Republican brain. Dana Milbank and Maria Teresa Kumar weigh in. watch

The Mississippi flag, photographed at the Capitol in Jackson, has been compared to a "badge of slavery," by civil rights groups.  (Photo by Rogelio Solis/AP)

Mississippi finally ratifies amendment banning slavery

02/18/13 12:15PM

Welcome to the 19th century, Mississippi. As of this month, Mississippi has finally officially ratified the 13th amendment that banned slavery, but it took the research of a curious University of Mississippi Medical Center professor and his colleague to make it happen. According to the Jackson Clarion Ledger, Dr. Ranjan Batra and his colleague Ken Sullivan became inspired to find out their own state's take on the amendment after seeing the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln last November. read more

Elizabeth Warren takes on regulators in a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Watch out Wall Street: Warren comes out blazing in first hearing

02/15/13 03:46PM

It might have been Valentine's Day but newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren showed she still has no love for Wall Street fraudsters, coming out fighting for the little guy after a relatively quiet first month in office. Warren kicked off her first appearance in a banking committee hearing by grilling regulators during a hearing on “Wall Street Reform: Oversight of Financial Stability and Consumer and Investor Protections.” Witnesses included representatives from the Treasury Department, SEC, and Warren's own creation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. read more

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, election officials check the photo identification card of a voter in Cimarron, Kan. Voter ID laws designed to deter fraud may end up blocking thousands of legitimate ballots.  (AP Photo/The The Hutchinson News,...

New wave of voter suppression: The show me your ID state

02/15/13 01:54PM

The Show Me state is on the verge of becoming the "show me your ID" state as Missouri Republicans move closer towards passing a voter ID requirement in the state. Despite strong opposition from Democrats, Republicans in the House passed a measure Thursday that would require voters to show a photo ID before voting. The bill now heads to the Senate, which is also Republican controlled. House Speaker Tim Jones, echoing the justification used by many pro-voter ID Republicans, called it a "common-sense" idea. “It protects the integrity of the voting process.” read more