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" read more
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:
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
Rev. Al Sharpton talks with Randi Weingarten from the American Federation of Teachers and the National Action Network’s Tamika Mallory about the controversy over allowing loaded guns and armed guards into New Jersey schools. watch
It looks like the GOP’s plan to suppress liberal-skewed voters backfired.
The 2012 presidential election may have been the first time blacks voted at a higher rate than whites, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center—despite several Republican-controlled state legislatures passing new voter identification laws.
African-Americans made up 12% of the eligible electorate this year, yet they accounted for 13% of total votes cast. This is the second presidential election in a row in which black voters “over-performed” (they did so in 2008 by the same proportion). read more
Rev. Al Sharpton, The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart, MSNBC.com’s Richard Wolffe, Krystal Ball from MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” and The Nation’s Victoria DeFrancesco Soto talk about the best and worst political moves of 2012 as part of the second annual ... watch
With just five days left to broker a deal to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff, President Obama will leave his family behind in Hawaii (where they've been spending the Christmas vacation) to get back to Washington on Wednesday and return to work.
It's unclear when House Republicans will come back to join him in those negotiations. The Senate is due back Thursday for votes, but the House has yet to receive the 48-hour warning to come back to Washington. read more
At 9:30 a.m. this morning, people across the country observed a moment of silence for the victims of the Newtown school shooting. The time marked exactly one week since the gunman marched into the school and began ending innocent lives. Children who'd arrived that morning ready to learn. Educators who'd dedicated their lives to teaching and bettering those lives.
Today we finally heard the nation's large gun organization weigh in on the matter. The NRA's moment of silence had lasted all week, and the words they chose to break that silence with were all too familiar. read more