With a debt ceiling vote looming and much needed Republican votes at stake, House Speaker John Boehner announced an ambitious plan Tuesday, tasking House Budget Committee Chariman Paul Ryan with drafting a budget that balances by 2024.
To put into perspective just how difficult that would be, consider that Paul Ryan's last budget did not balance until 2040. Even with his unpopular Medicare block grants and huge cuts to transportation, education, food stamps and other programs for the poor, Ryan's budget would still take nearly three decades to balance, much less one decade. read more
From doubting evolution to thinking women's bodies can "shut that whole thing down" after rape, conservatives often seem to have trouble grasping the facts of science. That's certainly the case when it comes to climate change. read more
It's been 40 years since the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, yet the battle over abortion is still being waged across the country. These days, that battle isn't in the high courts but in the states. read more
Malia and Sasha Obama stole the spotlight from their famous parents during the inauguration parade by just being kids. The Obamas have had success keeping their daughters grounded, will they have the same success as they girls get older? Kelly Wallace... watch
After 4 years of refusing to compromise with the president on anything, Republicans are complaining that President Obama’s inauguration speech was too partisan. MSNBC’s Krystal Ball and Steve Kornacki discuss the tougher side of the president. watch
Tuesday marks 40 years ago that the Supreme Court established abortion as a woman’s Constitutional right. 70 percent now saw the law should not be overturned, the highest percentage ever. Yet more states are restricting women’s access to abortion... watch
The day after being called out by President Obama, climate change deniers were again complaining there is no evidence to support climate change. Rev. Al Sharpton explains what real scientists have to say. watch
While President Obama has been reaching for support beyond the beltway, his vice president has been essential to winning friends in Washington. How has this partnership based on mutual respect helped the country? Jamal Simmons, Democratic strategist,... watch
At the Commander-in-Chief's ball Monday night, President Obama and First Lady Michelle took a spin on the dance floor to "Let's stay Together" performed by Jennifer Hudson. Rev. Al Sharpton has the details. watch
While the eyes of the nation were turned towards Washington D.C. to watch our first African-American president be sworn in for his second term, Republicans in Richmond, Va., quietly took advantage of the absence of a civil rights leader among their ranks in order to take control of the state Senate in the 2015 elections. read more
In a day marked by pageantry, respect, and civility, Inauguration Day had at least one moment of questionable body language that has set the internet ablaze with speculation.
At a post-inaugural luncheon, First Lady Michelle Obama found herself listening to a conversation between her husband and House Speaker John Boehner as she ate her meal. The president leaned back to say something to Speaker and then Boehner tapped the first lady on the shoulder as he responded. Whatever the response was, the First Lady did not appear impressed and rolled her eyes. read more
Michelle Obama is the president's "reality check," his "moral voice," and his "best friend." And while many are buzzing about what policies Barack Obama's term will include, he's not the only Obama with another four years to work on issues he cares about. Will Michelle Obama expand her sphere of influence in these next four years? read more
Tennessee state representative Joe Carr joined PoliticsNation on Friday to defend his bill that would charge federal agents with a misdemeanor for enforcing a federal law or executive order that bans, restricts or requires registration of any semiautomatic gun, accessory or ammunition.
Carr is one of a handful of lawmakers who have introduced similar legislation at the state level that would attempt to "nullify" the president's proposals or executive actions on guns. read more
In his latest attempt to equate the civil rights movement with gun rights, Rush Limbaugh during his Friday's radio show questioned how civil rights leaders would have had to march for rights if they had greater access to firearms at the time. read more