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Next stop for GOP scheme to rig Electoral College

01/28/13 01:51PM

The Republican plan to rig the Electoral College in their favor may be a non-starter in Virginia. But that doesn’t mean the party’s giving up on the idea everywhere. And Michigan may be shaping up as the next place where they’ll try it. read more

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers questions from members of the media during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.  (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

Obama: Media is to blame for promoting gridlock

01/27/13 02:03PM

How the media shapes the debate is "one of the biggest factors" in determining whether his second-term priorities have a fighting chance of survival in Washington, President Obama said. In a sit-down interview with The New Republic, Obama covered an array of themes likely to define the beginning of his second term, and reflected on the role of the media in shaping the political conversation during his first four years in office. Lawmakers, he argued, would be more willing to compromise if they did not have to worry about their media image. read more

"I'm not going to see this again."

'Not going to see this again' - WATCH: Inauguration highlights

01/26/13 02:15PM

President Barack Obama paused for a moment on Monday as he left the inauguration platform to take one more look at the crowd that had amassed on the National Mall in our nation's capital to see him sworn in for his second historic term. In that spirit, PoliticsNation took a moment on of Friday's show to look back and remember the best moments of inauguration weekend. read more

Rev. Sharpton and Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu debate on PoliticsNation.

Ariz. sheriff vows to defy gun actions, calls Obama a 'dictator'

01/25/13 07:43PM

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu joined PoliticsNation Friday to discuss why he penned a letter to President Obama refusing to enforce his laws and telling him, "You are not a dictator or a king, who can act unilaterally and ignore our legislative process of law making." When pressed on that issue, Babeu was unable to point to any concrete action Obama has taken that would fall into that category. read more

Witnessing history

Witnessing history

01/25/13 07:00PM

This week, the country made history by swearing in the first African American president for a second term. Rev. Al Sharpton shares the most memorable moments of Monday’s festivities. watch

Romney’s lukewarm return to Washington

Romney’s lukewarm return to Washington

01/25/13 07:00PM

Former Governor Mitt Romney returned to Washington for a luncheon in his honor, and promised to continue helping the party. But do Republicans still want his help? Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and Maria Teresa Kumar debate what the GOP is saying... watch

RNC vows to ‘stop being the stupid party’

RNC vows to ‘stop being the stupid party’

01/25/13 07:00PM

The Republican National committee has gathered for their winter meeting, and called for a Republican renewal, while re-elected the leader that helped get them into this mess in the first place. Does the GOP stand a chance of proving they can change?... watch

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. listens at left as Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a round table discussion on gun violence at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.  The panelists included officials who worked on the...

Lessons from Va. Tech shooting shape Biden's pitch on background checks

01/25/13 04:30PM

After defending the assault weapons ban during a "Fireside Hangout" Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden focused on background checks and mental health services during a roundtable Friday in gun-friendly Richmond, Virginia. Biden led the discussion with officials who worked on gun safety issues in the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting, joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who was governor at the time of the Virginia Tech mass shooting in which 32 young men and women were killed. read more

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell talks with the media after a meeting of the Governor's Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates at the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va. (Photo by Bob Brown/AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia governor opposes plan to rig electoral college

01/25/13 04:09PM

It looks like the plan to rig Virginia's Electoral College votes in the GOP's favor is too radical even for the state's conservative Republican governor. Gov. Bob McDonnell opposes the plan, a spokesman told The Atlantic's Molly Ball Friday afternoon. "He believes Virginia’s existing system works just fine as it is," said the unnamed spox. McDonnell's opposition ensures that the effort has no chance of success. read more

Myrna Peralta, left, and other voters react after the elections office in Miami-Dade County reopened its doors to voters who waited in long lines for an absentee ballot in Doral, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 4. The doors were closed after election officials were...

GOP's electoral vote scheme likely illegal in Virginia

01/25/13 12:43PM

A scheme under consideration in Virginia to rig the Electoral College in Republicans' favor could well violate a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, experts on the law say. But that very provision is itself under challenge by the GOP, and could be struck down by the Supreme Court later this year. read more

Failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would have won the 2012 election if a new GOP-backed electoral college plan were implemented nationwide (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

We did the math: How the GOP will gerrymander its way back to the White House

01/24/13 08:45PM

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