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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...

Ted Nugent's bizarre response to the SOTU

02/13/13 11:57AM

Texas Rep. Steve Stockman's controversial State of the Union guest Ted Nugent brought his trademark severe rhetoric back into the spotlight as he took on the "media orgy" in Statuary Hall after the speech. The aging rocker called Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin "s*#t for brains" for his comments that Nugent was an "odd choice for a member of Congress to invite someone who threatened the life of the President." When asked what it was like sitting in the chamber alongside victims of gun violence, Nugent launched into a confusing rant about "engineered recidivism" and the mental health system. read more


If we don't fix voting problems, 'we are betraying our ideals'

02/12/13 10:16PM

President Obama moved forward on his election night promise to "fix" the long lines in his State of the Union address, announcing a bipartisan commission to be helmed by two lawyers from either side of the aisle, one who worked with Obama and another who worked with his Republican challenger in the last election, Mitt Romney. read more

Desiline Victor, a 102 year old Haitian born American who waited three hours in line to vote last year, will be a guest of the First Lady at the State of the Union (Photo: Advancement Project)

Meet Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old voter

02/12/13 07:27PM

A 102-year-old Florida woman who waited in line for hours to cast her ballot last fall joined First Lady Michelle Obama at tonight's State of the Union address. Desiline Victor participated in early voting in Florida, and waited for three hours to cast her ballot on Oct. 28 at a public library in Miami-Dade county when other voters standing in line complained to election staffers. Others in her state waited as many as seven hours to vote, and according to analysis from an Ohio State University professor, about 200,000 voters gave up and left because of those waits. read more

Cleo Pendleton, mother of slain teenager Hadiya Pendleton, speaks at a Capitol Hill press conference organized by the group Demand a Plan.

'I'm here today because my daughter never came home'

02/12/13 05:21PM

Two weeks after losing her teenage daughter to a stray bullet, a heartbroken and somber Cleo Pendleton urged lawmakers to take action to help prevent senseless gun violence. "I'm here today because my daughter never came home," she said. "I'm here today because gun violence affected my life, as it has affected the rest of my life." She implored Congress to take action. "No one should feel the way we do, and I'm appealing to the Congress to be smarter than me," she said. "You guys signed up for the job, do something, you can." read more

Muscician and gun rights activist Ted Nugent addresses a seminar at the National Rifle Association's 140th convention in Pittsburgh  Sunday, May 1, 2011.  (Photo by Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Ted Nugent: I will 'demilitarize' before going to SOTU

02/12/13 12:16PM

From DREAMers to victims of gun violence, Democrats have a long list of guests joining them for this year's State of the Union address. And Republicans have Ted Nugent. At least Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman does, and thanks to Nugent's history of incendiary language on everything from guns to race and women's rights, Nugent is the one getting the headlines. read more

US President Barack Obama
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Obama to address N. Korea nuke test in SOTU

02/12/13 08:50AM

Senior White House officials tell NBC News Tuesday morning that the president will address North Korea's latest nuclear test, emphasizing that the nation's leaders will only further isolate their country from the rest of the world if they continue these threats and that they cannot help legitimize their government until they "live up to their international obligations."
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Trump sues Maher over birther joke

Trump sues Maher over birther joke

02/11/13 07:00PM

When Donald Trump went after the president’s academic record days before the election, in an attempt to stir up the birther base, comedian Bill Maher made a joke about Trump’s parentage. Now Trump is suing Maher for 5 million dollars. Joe Madison and... watch

‘We can’t wait’ for gun control

‘We can’t wait’ for gun control

02/11/13 07:00PM

Vice President Joe Biden called for action on gun control in Philadelphia Monday and said the country cannot wait for action on gun violence. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Penn., and Nia-Malika Henderson of the Washington Post discuss the continued energy in... watch

Supporters of the Violence Against Women Act rally in Washington, DC.  (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Silence Against Women: House GOP silent as Senate poised to pass VAWA

02/11/13 03:40PM

With 62 co-sponsors and a handful of amendments to work out Monday afternoon, senior senate aides tell NBC News the Senate is poised to pass the Violence Against Women Act Tuesday, but in the Republican-controlled House, the bill's fate is far less certain. House Republicans leaders are reportedly struggling to come to terms with a provision in the act that would allow Native American police and courts to pursue non-Indians who attack women on Native-controlled tribal lands. read more

President Obama speaking at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Lansdowne, Va. on Feb. 7, 2013. (File photo by Charles Dharapak/AP)

Obama better trusted on economy than GOP

02/11/13 08:40AM

The president has the trust of more Americans in economic matters on the eve of a State of the Union address in which he's expected to lay out a clear vision for his economic agenda. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning, 47% trust President Obama to handle the economy over Congressional Republicans, who win trust from only 41%. read more

Pushing for change on guns

Pushing for change on guns

02/08/13 07:00PM

The push for change on guns is coming from many voices, including victims of gun violence and former President Clinton. Lawmakers may be close to a compromise on background checks that could become law. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris Perry talk... watch

GOP uniting against Karl Rove

GOP uniting against Karl Rove

02/08/13 07:00PM

Republicans are having a hard time agreeing on anything, but they’re all turning on Karl Rove. Author Wayne Slater joins Rev. Al Sharpton to talk about the party’s waning fear of Rove. watch