Still reeling from their second straight presidential loss to Barack Obama, Republicans are working to make drastic changes to how electoral college votes are allocated in key swing states.
Republicans in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia have all proposed scrapping the "winner take all" electoral vote system in favor of plans that would reward the GOP's recent gerrymandering. The six states considering the varied plans are all swing states that have gone for Barack Obama twice now, and others have been hard fought but ultimately gone blue for even longer. read more
Rev. Sharpton weighed in on the controversy over Beyoncé's lip-sync inaugural performance on Thursday's PoliticsNation, saying that she deserves credit for wanting to put forth the best performance possible for such an important event, while simultaneously driving home the point that the scandal is ultimately not as important as the work President Obama is trying to do.
"Some have been trying to say Beyoncé's performance was the big story," Was it live? Was it lip-synced? Both? Who cares! It's not what to remember about the Inauguration." read more
Sister Simone Campbell appeared on PoliticsNation Thursday to talk about why she's joining other Catholic leaders in pushing for stronger gun control, saying that, "we realized that gun control is really a critical issue to move forward."
"We've got to free our voices to speak up for what our communities need, and that is safety by limiting access to these horrible weapons that we do not need." read more
Republicans are struggling to rebound from 2012’s losses, but still don’t seem to be getting the message that their policies don’t hold water with the majority of Americans. Meanwhile, President Obama is pushing forward with his agenda despite GOP... watch
Senator Dianne Feinstein reintroduced an assault weapons ban that would limit the sale, transfer, import, or manufacture of more than 100 military-style assault weapons. Rep. Diana Degette, D-Colo., and Sister Simone Campbell talk with Rev. Al Sharpton. watch
Sen. Rand Paul asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about weapons being sold to Turkey through Libya, despite his own admission of having to proof or information to back up his claims. Rev. Al Sharpton explains. watch
Six states that President Obama won are controlled by GOP Houses and governors are pushing to change how the electoral college works. Instead of awarding all the electoral votes to the majority winner, votes would be split along congressional districts... watch
While the country is focused on trying to solve the issues of today, Republicans are already launching an attack campaign on Hillary Clinton, in fear that she may run for president in 2016. MSNBC’s Toure and Patricia Murphy of Citizen Jane Politics... watch
President Obama laid out a progressive view for the future of the nation, but the “scandal” over whether Beyoncé lip-synced the national anthem is moving the spotlight away from the goals the president shared. Rev. Al Sharpton explains. watch
The organizers behind last weekend's "Gun Appreciation Day" have been arguing that gun rights is a civil rights issue. Now they're planning a new minority outreach campaign featuring a violent new film.
Gun rights advocate Larry Ward is planning a new campaign called "What Would Django Do?" According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ward plans to use the protagonist in the controversial film Django Unchained in an effort to convert more minorities to the pro-gun rights side of the on-going national debate over gun safety. read more
On the same day that Sen. Diane Feinstein introduced a new assault weapons ban, Vice President Joe Biden hosted a "fireside hangout" web conference as part of his continued campaigning for the White House's gun safety agenda.
He took questions on some of the more controversial measures, including the proposed assault weapons ban, pushing back against the argument that it wouldn't have a big enough impact to be pursued, saying that one must ask "whether or not assault weapons have any real utility." read more
Four years ago, while newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama danced across Washington D.C. at inaugural balls, key Republicans began plotting how to destroy the new president's political power and stop his policies before they got started. read more
49 years ago, the 24th Amendment forbidding poll taxes in federal elections was ratified. Rev. Al Sharpton remembers this voter suppression tactic and reminds us that the fight for voting rights isn’t over. watch
As the nation celebrated President Obama’s second inauguration, some on the far-right heard a very different speech, some believing the president showing socialist or Marxist tendencies instead of a mainstream vision for the country. Douglas Brinkley,... watch