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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton transferring  buildings at New York Presbyterian Hospital with husband, Bill and daughter, Chelsea Wednesday afternoon prior to being released. (Photo by Joshua Lott/REUTERS)

Where's the apology? Silence from the right on Hillary's illness

01/02/13 05:33PM

From snickering about "immaculate concussion" to skeptically bemoaning the "Benghazi flu," Clinton's critics have had a lot of disregard and very little concern for the secretary of state's health since a concussion forced her to delay testimony on the Benghazi attacks. Clinton had been at New York's Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday where she had been under close watch by doctors who had discovered a blood clot between her brain and skull found during a follow-up MRI. read more

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., left, joined by other New York area-lawmakers affected by Superstorm Sandy, express their anger and disappointment after learning the House Republican leadership decided to allow the current term of Congress to end without...

Bipartisan outrage as House GOP refuses to vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims

01/02/13 08:40AM

In a move angering some within their own party, House Republicans reneged late last night on their promise to take up a multi-billion dollar spending bill to provide aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy. The bill would have provided $60 billion in relief to areas heavily impacted by the October storm. A spokesman for Speaker Boehner said in a statement: "The Speaker is committed to getting this bill passed this month." But that reassurance was not enough for many in his own party. read more

Supporters cheer at the end of President Barack Obama remarks during an election night party, early Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (Photo by Matt Rourke/AP)

For liberals, 2012 was the year of resilience

12/28/12 09:40PM

This was not supposed to have been an easy year for U.S. liberals. After the Tea Party wave of 2010 and the unprecedented flood of money brought in by the Citizens United ruling, the deck was stacked against many on the left. But liberals fought back and won: this was the year of resilience. read more

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington after meeting with Congressional leaders regarding the fiscal cliff, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (Photo by Charles Dharapak/AP)

'Modestly optimistic'--despite 'mind-boggling' dysfunction

12/28/12 06:29PM

President Obama is "modestly optimistic" that an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff can be reached before the budget deadline hits on January 1. Obama gave brief remarks in a press conference after meeting with House and Senate leaders from both parties which he called constructive, announcing that he's tasked Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell with devising a bipartisan plan that could be passed by both chambers of Congress. He pressed the importance of that deal. "I still want to get this done," he said, stressing the impact it would have on families and businesses. read more

President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's "not impressed" look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office, Nov. 15, 2012. Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President, and Savannah...

Vote: best political photos of 2012

12/28/12 03:30PM

As 2012 comes to an end, we're taking stock of some of the most inspiring and funny political photos taken this. Some came from the campaign trail, others were "behind the scenes" shots, but they all became popular images that told us all a little more about the essence or impression of their subjects. Here are a few of our favorites: 1. Barack Obama gets an "uplifting hug"
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Rev. Sharpton shows off his James Brown-inspired dance moves.

Revvies controversy inspires Rev. Sharpton to bust a move

12/27/12 09:27PM

On tonight's PoliticsNation, host Reverend Al Sharpton addressed the outcry that came from show fans after he awarded the Revvie for "Best Musical Performance" to Chris Christie instead of Barack Obama. Christie, who won the prize for his performance of "Thunder Road," beat out Obama's brief but memorable rendition of a verse from the Al Green hit "Let's Stay Together." Fans of PoliticsNation complained that Obama deserved the award over that of his bi-partisan buddy. But the whole controversy inspired "Rev" to show off his own James Brown dance moves. Watch: 
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Wayne LaPierre, Exec. VP and CEO of the National Rifle Association (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Teacher union president: plan to arm teachers 'dangerous, irresponsible'

12/27/12 07:45PM

National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre responded to the Newtown massacre by suggesting that schools needed more guns, not fewer. His proposal shocked even some already-skeptical critics--but it also found supporters. He told NBC's Meet the Press this past Sunday that "putting a good guy with a gun" in schools was a "pretty darned good argument." Many pro-gun lawmakers and local enthusiasts seem to agree with him, and have begun pushing forward with plans to help arm teachers and other school officials. read more