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Rev. Sharpton and Gun Appreciation Day chairman Larry Ward face off on PoliticsNation.

WATCH: Gun Appreciation Day organizer insists he's honoring MLK's legacy, Sharpton responds

01/14/13 07:39PM

Larry Ward, chairman of the "Gun Appreciation Day" campaign, said Monday that "Not only do I stand by my statement that Gun Appreciation Day honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, but also the entire civil rights movement." Ward joined Rev. Al Sharpton on PoliticsNation to defend his controversial comments about King, and Sharpton argued vigorously about King's legacy, pointing out that the civil rights leader preached non-violence and was killed by a gun. read more

Strong steps forward in gun control debate

Strong steps forward in gun control debate

01/14/13 07:00PM

In the month since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, more people are stepping forward in the fight against gun violence. The president will announce the administration’s plans by the end of the week. Rep Chaka Fattah, D-Penn., and Ryan Grim of the... watch

GOP turns on Powell over intolerance remarks

GOP turns on Powell over intolerance remarks

01/14/13 07:00PM

Colin Powell has long been a favorite of Republicans, but now some in the party are turning on him, for comments he made about intolerance in some parts of the party. MSNBC.com Vice President Richard Wolffe and Maria Teresa Kumar, President of Voto... watch

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gestures while taking part in a panel discussion at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. (Photo by Michael Dwyer/AP)

Clarence Thomas breaks 7-year court silence, with crack about Harvard Law

01/14/13 05:13PM

For the first time in almost seven years, Justice Clarence Thomas spoke aloud during oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The silence was broken today during a hearing for the Boyer v. Louisiana case, in which lawyers for Jonathan Edward Boyer are trying to have his murder conviction overturned. The conversation drifted to whether or not his lawyers—Harvard Law grad Stephen Singer and Yale Law grad Christine Lehman—were to represent him. Here's how Reuters reported the exchange:
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President Barack Obama speaks during his final news conference of his first term in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Obama: 'We are not a deadbeat nation'

01/14/13 02:36PM

President Obama hammered Republicans for threatening to refuse to pay America's bills by raising the debt ceiling "if they don't get 100% of their way." Obama kicked off the final press conference of his first term by outlining his second term agenda, including job growth, energy independence, immigration and guns legislation, but quickly pivoted to discuss the impending Congressional battle over raising the debt ceiling, saying "we've got to stop lurching from crisis to crisis." read more

Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell  (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for Meet The Press)

Powell slams GOP for 'dark vein of intolerance'

01/13/13 01:48PM

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that the Republican party is suffering from a "dark vein of intolerance" and that some in the party seem to "look down on minorities." Powell pointed to former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's use of the "shuck and jive" phrase in reference to President Obama, calling it a "racial era slave term," and took on Romney surrogate John Sununu for calling President Obama "lazy." read more

US President Barack Obama (R) and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai leave after a joint press conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 11, 2013. Obama and Karzai said that American forces would hand the lead in the...

Obama has 'guts' for accelerated troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

01/11/13 08:00PM

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill greeted President Obama's announcement of the acceleration of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan with enthusiasm this week, after the two countries agreed to draw the over a decade-long war to a close earlier than expected. "Today is a great day for the American troops but also for our country." former Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy said Friday on PoliticsNation, offering a unique perspective on the news as the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress.   read more

Room for another face on Mount Rushmore?

Room for another face on Mount Rushmore?

01/11/13 07:00PM

Conservatives have long argued the President Reagan should join the faces on Mount Rushmore, but does President Obama belong there too? MSNBC’s Toure and Abby Huntsman of HuffPost Live join the debate. watch

Gun extremists hinting at bloodshed to...

Gun extremists hinting at bloodshed to stop changes

01/11/13 07:00PM

The right-wing is in a panic over gun control, saying things like bloodshed is necessary to “preserve our basic freedoms”. Will the panic on the right prevent real change? E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry join Rev. Al... watch

Afghanistan war to come to an end

Afghanistan war to come to an end

01/11/13 07:00PM

President Obama announced that the war in Afghanistan is transitioning to an end, with a handover to Afghan forces at the end of 2014. Rev. Al Sharpton talks with Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Penn., and Nia-Malika Henderson of the Washington Post about their... watch

It’s pirate time for the GOP?

It’s pirate time for the GOP?

01/11/13 07:00PM

The Republicans have been getting a lot of advice on how to fix the party after the last election, including advice from Peggy Noonan that the party should turn pirate and steal the president’s issues. Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and columnist... watch

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann talks with members of the Texas delegation on the floor of the during the second session of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 28, 2012. (Photo by Joe Skipper/REUTERS)

Michele Bachmann accused of stiffing campaign staffers' pay

01/11/13 10:52AM

Congresswoman and unsuccessful presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who has already complained this year of the "spending problem in Washington," appears to have a spending problem of her own. A former staffer claims the Minnesota Republican is refusing to pay him and four other staffers for their work on the Iowa caucuses. “I haven’t any idea, and I say that with great candor and humility, as to why Michele chooses not to pay a handful of staff,” said Peter Waldron, a consultant in charge of Christian outreach. read more

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