In a day marked by pageantry, respect, and civility, Inauguration Day had at least one moment of questionable body language that has set the internet ablaze with speculation.
At a post-inaugural luncheon, First Lady Michelle Obama found herself listening to a conversation between her husband and House Speaker John Boehner as she ate her meal. The president leaned back to say something to Speaker and then Boehner tapped the first lady on the shoulder as he responded. Whatever the response was, the First Lady did not appear impressed and rolled her eyes. read more
Michelle Obama is the president's "reality check," his "moral voice," and his "best friend." And while many are buzzing about what policies Barack Obama's term will include, he's not the only Obama with another four years to work on issues he cares about. Will Michelle Obama expand her sphere of influence in these next four years? read more
Tennessee state representative Joe Carr joined PoliticsNation on Friday to defend his bill that would charge federal agents with a misdemeanor for enforcing a federal law or executive order that bans, restricts or requires registration of any semiautomatic gun, accessory or ammunition.
Carr is one of a handful of lawmakers who have introduced similar legislation at the state level that would attempt to "nullify" the president's proposals or executive actions on guns. read more
In his latest attempt to equate the civil rights movement with gun rights, Rush Limbaugh during his Friday's radio show questioned how civil rights leaders would have had to march for rights if they had greater access to firearms at the time. read more
With what's most likely his final campaign behind him, President Obama is turning his massive organization and much praised ground game into a new group that will keep supporting him as he kicks off his second term.
Barack Obama's campaign organization, Obama for America, will relaunch this Sunday into a nonprofit organization that will work to mobilize support for his policies. The new group, Organizing for Action, will relaunch in its new form just as the president begins his second term. read more
The White House released a new official portrait of President Obama just a few days before his second term in office is set to begin.
The photo, taken by White House photographer Pete Souza on Dec. 6 of last year, shows the president standing hin front of his desk in the Oval Office with a big smile on his face. read more
Fifty years after civil rights pioneer Medgar Evers was murdered, his widow says she's proud to continue his work and honor his legacy by giving the invocation at President Obama's second inauguration. "I'm just so appreciative, so thankful," Myrlie Evers-Williams said on PoliticsNation. "I never imagined that this would happen in my wildest dreams." read more
Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers fought tirelessly for equality and voting rights, and was one of the first Civil Rights leaders to lose his life in the fight. 50 years later, his widow Myrlie Evers-Williams will be a featured speaker at President... watch
President Obama’s proposed gun law changes has some Republicans complaining about states’ rights and sovereignty, complaints that were also used to defend slavery and segregation. MSNBC’s Toure and David Corn of Mother Jones talk with Rev. Al Sharpton. watch
A new poll finds that 64 percent of Republicans thing that it’s “probably true” that President Obama is hiding important information about his early life. Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post weighs in on the poll numbers, and why the president’s... watch
Day 2 of the Republican retreat features Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Eric Cantor, and Rep. Paul Ryan as the party’s “fix-it” men. With American’s support of the GOP slipping, why are they relying on old ideas? Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino and... watch
Thursday is boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s 71st birthday. Rev. Al Sharpton honors a man who was never afraid to speak his mind and stood up for what he believed in, even though it cost him his championship title. watch
Congressman and former vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told reporters that he and fellow House Republicans are considering a short-term debt limit extension until March in order to avoid shutting down the government.
“We’re discussing the possible virtue of a short-term debt-limit extension so that we have a better chance of getting the Senate and White House involved in discussions in March,” Ryan said.
It's the first official notice that House Republican leadership is considering cutting a deal rather than pressing for immense spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. read more
Rand Paul is dipping back into civil war era vocabulary in his latest attacks on President Obama, vowing to "nullify" the president's executive orders on guns.
“In this bill we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation,” the Republican Senator from Kentucky said Wednesday. “And there are several of the executive orders that appear as if he’s writing new law. That cannot happen.”
“I’m afraid that President Obama may have this ‘king complex’ sort of developing, and we’re going to make sure it doesn’t happen,” Paul said. read more