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President Barack Obama was greeted by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hours before he criticized right-to-work legislation Snyder has helped push through the State House in the last week (Photo by Duane Burleson/AP)

Obama slams Michigan bill as 'right to work for less money'

12/10/12 06:06PM

At a Daimler AG plant in Redford, Michigan Monday, President Obama slammed the controversial "right-to-work" legislation expected to be signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder this week, saying the proposed law has "nothing to do with economics" and "everything to do with politics." "What they're really talking about," Obama added, "is giving you the right to work for less money." read more

Six in ten support raising tax rates on rich

12/10/12 09:20AM

Wondering why President Obama seems so determined to stick to his guns on raising tax rates for the rich? Here's one key reason... A new Politico/George Washington University poll finds that 60% of Americans support hiking rates on those making over $250,000 a year, while just 38% oppose doing so. In other words, Obama's position is overwhelmingly popular. The result jibes with other polls on the subject in recent years. And of course, Obama campaigned explicitly on a pledge to allow the Bush tax cuts on high-earners to expire. read more

File Photo: Gabrielle Douglas of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 2, 2012 in London,...

Gabby Douglas: I'm going for gold again in 2016

12/07/12 08:21PM

What a year it's been for Olympic gold gymnast Gabrielle Douglas. Just four months ago, she vaulted into fame (and everyone's heart), winning gold at the London games, becoming the first African-American woman to ever win a gold medal in the Olympics all-around gymnastics competition. She also became the first U.S. gymnast ever to receive the individual all-around gold and team gold medals in a single Olympic games. read more

(File Photo by Kelley McCall/AP)

More states consider welfare drug testing bills

12/07/12 05:55PM

Republican lawmakers in three states this week said they will introduce legislation that would require welfare recipients to undergo drug testing in order to receive benefits. The Ohio State Senate held a second hearing Thursday night on a proposal to establish pilot drug-testing programs in three counties. Under the proposal, applicants would be required to submit a drug test if they disclose that they have used illegal substances. The proposal was first introduced in the spring, but pressure from opponents led Gov. John Kasich to squash the bill in May. read more

Jim DeMint: "the CEO of the conservative movement"
(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

Will Tea Party hero pass up fat federal pension?

12/07/12 04:43PM

Jim DeMint has built a reputation as perhaps the Senate’s foremost small government champion. So, will he save taxpayers money by declining to cash in the roughly $37,000-per-year federal pension he’ll be in line to start receiving next year? He won’t say. DeMint’s office hasn’t responded to multiple inquiries since Thursday from about whether he’ll accept his pension, now that he’s announced he’s leaving the Senate to run the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank. read more

The Voice

Obama and Clinton competing for votes--Grammy votes.

12/07/12 12:24AM

First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton are going head-to-head in a competition for votes, but not the votes of the American people. These two are hoping to win over the Grammy voters. Both the First Lady and former President Clinton have been nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Spoken Word Album” category, which features audio books. The First Lady’s nomination came for “American Grown,” while Clinton’s nod is for his book “Back to Work.” read more

Union workers fill the entire of the Capitol rotunda in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Hundreds of chanting and cheering protesters streamed back into the Michigan Capitol after receiving a court order saying that the building must reopen. The...

In Michigan, 'an absolute attack on unions'

12/06/12 08:00PM

Hundreds of union workers protested outside the Capitol in Lansing today. Inside, Republicans were pushing controversial anti-union legislation that would make Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state. The legislation would strip power from the state's labor movement, including the historic auto unions of Detroit. read more

Speaker Boehner under fire

Speaker Boehner under fire

12/06/12 07:00PM

Is a civil war brewing within the GOP? Sen. Jim DeMint seemed to indicate to Rush Limbaugh the Speaker John Boehner might have something to worry about.... watch