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President Barack Obama, from left, with first lady Michelle Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and his wife Deborah Gunlack, attend a luncheon after his ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (Photo...

Michelle Obama's eye roll: Was she throwing shade?

01/22/13 11:00AM

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

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk along Pennsylvania Avenue during the parade following Obama's second inauguration as the 44th US president on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

A bigger role for Michelle Obama?

01/21/13 08:04PM

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

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to...

WATCH: Rev. Sharpton vs the rep who wants to nullify federal gun laws

01/18/13 07:46PM

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

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at The Ohio State University Oval, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo)

OFA 2.0: Obama for America converts into nonprofit group

01/18/13 12:50PM

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

President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

White House releases new official portrait of Obama

01/18/13 08:04AM

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

FILE - This March 28, 2011 file photo shows Myrlie Evers-Williams, wife of murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers speaks about her being honored by the Mississippi Legislature for her contributions to civil rights and race relations, at the Capitol...

Widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers 'honored' to deliver inaugural invocation

01/17/13 08:58PM

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

GOP’s gun playbook pulled from history books

GOP’s gun playbook pulled from history books

01/17/13 07:00PM

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

Birther brigade making a comeback?

Birther brigade making a comeback?

01/17/13 07:00PM

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

Republican retreat features familiar faces

Republican retreat features familiar faces

01/17/13 07:00PM

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

Honoring Muhammad Ali

Honoring Muhammad Ali

01/17/13 07:00PM

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

FILE - This Nov. 28, 2012 file photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. walking on Capitol Hill in Washington.  House Republicans say they may seek a short-term extension of the government's debt limit in the next few weeks, a...

Paul Ryan signals GOP ready to cave on debt ceiling

01/17/13 04:00PM

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

Tea Party favorite, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (Photo by Alex Brandon/AP)

Rand Paul vows to 'nullify' Obama's executive action on guns

01/17/13 12:30PM

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