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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

New GOP budget may have unprecedented spending cuts

01/23/13 12:46PM

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

First daughters steal the spotlight

First daughters steal the spotlight

01/22/13 07:00PM

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

40 years later, support grows for Roe v. Wade

40 years later, support grows for Roe v. Wade

01/22/13 07:00PM

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

Right-wing fights back on climate change

Right-wing fights back on climate change

01/22/13 07:00PM

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

Obama-Biden partnership recipe for success

Obama-Biden partnership recipe for success

01/22/13 07:00PM

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

State Sen. Henry Marsh, D-Richmond, right, talks with Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, prior to a meeting of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008. (Photo by Steve Helber/AP, file)

Virginia Republicans celebrate inauguration with gerrymandering

01/22/13 02:15PM

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

President Barack Obama, from left, with first lady Michelle Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and his wife Deborah Gunlack, attend a luncheon after his ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (Photo...

Michelle Obama's eye roll: Was she throwing shade?

01/22/13 11:00AM

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

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk along Pennsylvania Avenue during the parade following Obama's second inauguration as the 44th US president on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

A bigger role for Michelle Obama?

01/21/13 08:04PM

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

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to...

WATCH: Rev. Sharpton vs the rep who wants to nullify federal gun laws

01/18/13 07:46PM

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

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