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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gestures during a press conference after a hearing before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on a challenge to the federal health care reform act in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 10, 2011.  (Photo by Steve Helber/AP)

Virginia Republican revives the 47% argument in new book

01/31/13 12:00PM

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the likely Republican nominee for governor, will release a book next month that includes what many are calling the new 47% argument of 2013. In the new book, “The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight for American Liberty,” Cuccinelli argues that "bad politicians set out to grow government" to "make people dependent on government." read more

Students and proponents of gun legislation participate in a lie in  on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Wednesday, April 16, 2008.  (Photo by Don Petersen/AP)

Mother of VA Tech shooting survivor: NRA shouldn't be part of gun safety debate

01/30/13 08:30PM

The mother of one of the survivors of the Virginia Tech shooting told elected leaders to stand up to the NRA, a group she argues doesn't even deserve to be "at the table" in the gun safety debate. Lori Haas joined PoliticsNation Wednesday after attending the contentious Senate hearing which featured testimony from gun control advocates, gun rights supporters, and experts in law enforcement. NRA head Wayne LaPierre voiced some of the strongest opposition to new regulations, including shooting down a proposal to close the background check loophole. read more

Giffords calls for ‘courageous’ action

Giffords calls for ‘courageous’ action

01/30/13 07:00PM

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords testified before Congress that “the time is now” to act on gun violence. But many opponents still believe no new gun laws are needed. Lori Haas, who lost a daughter in the Virginia Tech shooting, and Clarence Page of the... watch

Senate Democrats introduce Paycheck...

Senate Democrats introduce Paycheck Fairness Act

01/30/13 07:00PM

Women in the U.S. still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Now Senate Democrats are trying to change that with the Paycheck Fairness Act. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Cali., and Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., discuss whether Republicans will... watch

Support for Obama grows

Support for Obama grows

01/30/13 07:00PM

President Obama’s favorability rating is at 60 percent, and liberals aren’t the only ones backing the president’s policies. He has support from moderates and conservatives as well. Bob Shrum and Cynthia Tucker weigh in. watch

Kerry steps away from Senate, Cowan steps in

Kerry steps away from Senate, Cowan steps in

01/30/13 07:00PM

Sen. John Kerry said goodbye to the Senate Wednesday, as he moves to his new role as Secretary of State. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has named Boston lawyer Mo Cowan as an interim replacement. Where does the race go from here? Author and... watch

Friendly football feud

Friendly football feud

01/30/13 07:00PM

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Cali., and Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., debate whose team will win the Super Bowl: Boxer’s 49’ers or Mikulski’s Ravens. watch

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

Powell squares off with Bill O'Reilly on voter ID laws

01/30/13 05:30PM

The scheme to rig the Electoral College is losing steam across the country, as leaders in nearly every state that's been mulling the plan have since backed off the idea. The plan appears to be all but DOA in Virginia, Ohio, Florida, and Michigan, and the likelihood of passage is shrinking in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. read more

Mark Kelly, husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in the mass shooting that killed six people in Tucson, Ariz. two years ago, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, before the Senate...

WATCH: Capt. Mark Kelly breaks news of Phoenix shooting during gun violence hearing

01/30/13 04:25PM

Captain Mark Kelly, husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, took a moment during a long and contentious gun violence hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to break news of yet another shooting in his home state of Arizona. According to the latest reports, three victims are in critical condition and another three have minor injuries after a workplace shooting. Phoenix Police Sargent Tommy Thompson said that the shooting does not appear to be random. read more

Senators Boxer and Mikulski  have placed a friendly wager on their home teams going head to head in this Sunday's Superbowl.

The Barbara Bowl: Senators place friendly bet on Superbowl outcome

01/30/13 02:34PM

Two senators who typically find themselves on the same side of the issues find themselves rooting against each other this week as their home state teams prepare to go head to head in Superbowl XLVII. Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have placed a friendly wager with on the outcome of this Sunday's Superbowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, and Boxer and Mikulski joined PoliticsNation on Wednesday to cheer on their teams. read more

Hadiya Pendleton, 15, a student at King College Prep, was killed Tuesday at a Chicago park near a school, authorities said. (Photo provided by dnainfo.com)

Chicago honor student fatally shot a week after performing at Obama's inauguration

01/30/13 01:17PM

Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor student in Chicago was one of the good ones. She was on her school’s drill team, studied hard and friends say she always had an easy smile for anyone who needed one. As part of her school’s marching band, Pendleton even got the chance to perform during President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade in Washington a little more than a week ago. But after classes ended on Tuesday afternoon Pendleton’s seemingly limitless light was dimmed in a manner far too frequent in Chicago: in a hail of gunfire. read more

President Obama delivers a speech on immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas on Jan. 29, 2013. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/AP)

New polling shows Obama's support growing, thanks in part to independents and moderates

01/30/13 08:51AM

A new Washington Post / ABC News poll shows President Obama's popularity has jumped six points since the election to a 60% approval rating, the highest he's earned since his first year in office. Nearly 4 in 10 said they have a strongly favorable opinion of the president, the most popular response. The number who have a strongly unfavorable opinion of the president has dropped since last November. According to the pollsters, "It’s the first time he’s been significantly more strongly popular than unpopular since early 2010." read more

Cheney worried about gun safety proposals

Cheney worried about gun safety proposals

01/29/13 07:00PM

The right-wing hasn’t offered many gun solutions, and now former Vice President Cheney, who once shot someone in a hunting accident, is offering his opinion on the new proposals. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank weighs in.    watch

Positive changes under Obama causing chaos...

Positive changes under Obama causing chaos for GOP

01/29/13 07:00PM

President Obama’s second term is off and running with signs the economy is recovering and momentum on immigration reform. MSNBC’s Krystall Ball and HuffPost Live’s Abby Huntsman talk about how the growing economy impact’s the president’s agenda. watch

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