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NRA represents gun manufacturers, not owners, says Rep. Ellison

01/16/13 07:52PM

Congressman Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, says the NRA's new ad targeting the Obama daughters is offensive and indicative that the NRA will go to any length to support the gun manufacturers who are the lobby's true constituents. But that doesn't mean he wants the NRA to take the ad down. "I want them to show it because I think the more American people see it, the more offended they will be," he said. "They will know that this is a group of unscrupulous people who know no low point and I think that the public will continue to turn against them as it has been." read more

Republican presidential candidate former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney takes a bite of pizza during lunch with his wife Ann while campaigning at Village Pizza in Newport, N.H., Wednesday Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Do Republicans need a 'slice' of reality?

01/16/13 06:30PM

Ever since former Godfather Pizza chief Herman Cain joined the presidential race, Republicans have been heading towards becoming the "Pizza Party," and now House Republicans are taking that one step further. At an annual policy retreat in Williamsburg, Va., GOP lawmakers are looking to Domino's Pizza CEO J. Patrick Doyle to help inspire the party. He's hosting a presentation called "Turning it Around." But this isn't the first evidence of a deep-dish connection between pizza and the GOP. read more

File Photo: Florida Gov. Rick Scott, (Photo by David Goldman/AP)

Rick Scott shirks the blame for disastrous voting law

01/16/13 05:50PM

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the controversial voting legislation that shortened early voting and led to long lines at the polls, but he says that doesn't mean the law is his fault. "It was not my bill," Scott said. "We've got to make changes, I agree. … The Legislature passed it. I didn't have anything to do with passing it." read more

President Barack Obama 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 on January 16, 2013. (Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters)

President Obama signs 23-point gun-control order

01/16/13 12:40PM

With families of Newtown victims in the audience and concerned American children by his side, President Obama formally unveiled his proposals to deal with gun violence Wednesday. The plan focuses on four areas:  Closing background check loopholes, banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, providing schools with safety resources, and increasing access to mental health services. "This is our first task as a society: keeping our children safe," he said. "This is how we will be judged, and their voices should compel us to change." read more

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NRA pushes back on critics of ad targeting Obama kids

01/16/13 10:31AM

The NRA is pushing back against critics taking issue with its new ad that references President Obama's daughter Sasha and Malia. In a statement released Wednesday, spokesman Andrew Arulanandam says, "Whoever thinks the ad is about President Obama's daughters are missing the point completely or they're trying to change the subject." read more

A worker uses a bulldozer to push debris from Superstorm Sandy into a large pile in Lavallette N.J.  Friday, Jan. 4, 2012, shortly before Congress voted to approve aid for storm victims. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Why Sandy aid has taken so long

01/15/13 07:46PM

As Superstorm Sandy victims continue to wait for a full relief package to make it their way, Tea Party Congressman Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday that his amendment to offset that aid with spending cuts was not intended to delay rebuilding. "I want this money to go to these folks in the Northeast," Mulvaney said on PoliticsNation. "The question today was whether or not we thought it was important enough to pay for it now or if whether or not we were going to pay for it later and make our children and grandchildren pay for it." read more

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A vehicle for change? Obama's license plates

01/15/13 07:00PM

Presidential limos will be sporting some new license plates for Inauguration Day. The White House announced today that President Obama has decided all presidential vehicles will bear the Washington D.C. standard "Taxation Without Representation" license plates starting this weekend. White House spokesman Keith Maley said in a statement, "President Obama has lived in the District now for four years, and has seen first-hand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress." read more

Brewer to expand Medicare in Arizona

Brewer to expand Medicare in Arizona

01/15/13 07:00PM

Republican Governor Jan Brewer has folded on Obamacare and will expand Medicare in Arizona. The expansion will mean 300,000 more people will get health insurance. Rev. Al Sharpton explains. watch

‘Party of Lincoln’ needs acceptance refresher

‘Party of Lincoln’ needs acceptance refresher

01/15/13 07:00PM

The Republican party was once known as the Party of Lincoln still has improvements to make when it comes to tolerance. Even Colin Powell, a well-respected member of the party has called them out for looking down on minorities. Jonathan Capehart of the... watch

Filibuster reform in the near future?

Filibuster reform in the near future?

01/15/13 07:00PM

Republicans have used the filibuster to grind progress to a halt, but now a group of Democrats are backing reforms to fix the system. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., talks with Rev. Al Sharpton about the changes he is pushing for. watch

Ideology more important than storm victims...

Ideology more important than storm victims for GOP

01/15/13 07:00PM

Another Superstorm Sandy relief bill is on the line, but instead of acting Republicans are grandstanding over spending cuts. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., talks with Rev. Al Sharpton about why he pushed for spending cuts along with the relief bill. MSNBC... watch

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks in Providence, R.I.,  (Photo by Steven Senne/AP File)

Right-wing rips Colin Powell for exposing GOP's 'dark vein of intolerance'

01/15/13 03:36PM

Conservatives have begun bashing former Secretary of State Colin Powell over his comments that the Republican party seems to "look down on minorities" and has a "dark vein of intolerance." Florida Senator Marco Rubio was the first to counter Powell's claims, pointing to the two Republican Hispanic Senators (including himself) and one Republican African-American Senator currently serving as proof. He neglected to mention that that sole African-American Senator, Tim Scott, used to be the party's only African-American Congressman, and his appointment leave them with no black members of Congress. read more

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

GOP leader backs plan to rig election

01/15/13 12:53PM

RNC chair Reince Priebus has thrown his support behind a controversial plan that would split the electoral votes of some Democratic-leaning states, to the advantage of Republican presidential candidates. "I think it's something that a lot of states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking at," Priebus told The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Sunday, adding that the system "gives more local control" to states. read more

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Virginia committee kills felon voting rights bill

01/15/13 12:00PM

A Republican-controlled House subcommittee refused to advance a bill to restore felon voting rights Monday despite support from prominent Republicans in the state. Virginia is one of only four states in which former felons have a narrow and complicated path to navigate in order to have their voting rights restored. Governor Bob McDonnell has restored those rights for more than 4,000 felons who've served their time, but more than 350,000 still lack the right to cast a ballot. read more

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