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U.S. Rep. Tim Scott smiles during a press conference announcing him as Jim DeMint's replacement in the U.S. Senate at the South Carolina Statehouse on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Columbia, S.C.  (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/AP Photo)

What type of senator will Tim Scott be?

12/18/12 12:50PM

After Allen West's loss in the 2012 election, the GOP was set to have only one African American congressman in their ranks. With South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's decision to appoint Rep. Tim Scott to the Senate seat vacated by tea party favorite Jim Demint, Scott will now become the only African American Senator from either party and the first from the South in modern history. A closer look at his track record in the state legislature and House of Representatives shows he might become one of the most conservative new members of the Senate as well. read more

Gov. Rick Snyder says he's giving "extra consideration" to a bill that would make it easier to carry guns in Michigan schools (Photo by Carlos Osorio/AP)

Michigan gun bill gets 'extra consideration' from Gov. Snyder

12/17/12 03:08PM

Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday that he'll take a closer look at a piece of gun legislation headed to his desk that would allow concealed weapons in previously "gun-free zones" like churches and schools. As the Associated Press reported today:
 Snyder during an interview Monday that his public safety concerns have been heightened and "deserve extra consideration" following a mass shooting that left 26 people—including 20 children—dead at a Connecticut elementary school. 
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After drawing huge protests to the Capitol this week as they pushed controversial right-to-work legislation , Michigan Republican Lawmakers wrapped up their legislative session by making it harder to recall lawmakers (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan GOP changes concealed weapon and recall rules in marathon session

12/14/12 12:00PM

In a marathon final lame duck session that went into the wee hours of the morning, Michigan Republicans decided to protect themselves from the potential backlash they may get from voters after ramming through controversial right-to-work legislation. 
 Another piece of legislation passed will allow gun owners with concealed weapons permits to carry guns in previously "gun-free zones" like schools, churches, and hospitals with additional gun training. 
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File Photo: dated February 28, 2011 shows US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaking during the White House daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC.  Susan Rice, on December 13, 2012, withdrew her name from consideration to be...

Rep Moore: Attacks on Rice a strategy to open Kerry's seat

12/13/12 07:34PM

Congresswoman Gwen Moore, a strong and vocal supporter of Susan Rice, is "saddened" and "enraged" that the Republican attacks forced Rice to withdraw her name from the running for secretary of state. "This was always a fabricated, trumped-up allegation," she said on PoliticsNation. read more

Volunteers for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign as they work to register new voters while they canvass a heavily Latino neighborhood shopping plaza. Both political parties have been courting the Latino vote, the nation's fastest-growing...

Why the GOP should be scared of running out of white voters

12/13/12 01:45PM

A new study from Republican pollsters focusing on the Latino community said the party has "run out of  persuadable white voters." The report from Resurgent Republic and the Hispanic Leadership Network warns that "Trying to win a national election by gaining a larger and larger share of a smaller and smaller portion of the electorate is a losing political proposition." read more

This film image released by Sundance Selects shows accused rapist Yusef Salaam being escorted by  police in New York in 1990. Salaam is the subject of the documentary, "The Central Park Five" (Photo: AP Photo/Sundance Selects, NY Daily News)

'It's as if we were born guilty': the Central Park Five

12/13/12 09:59AM

Raymond Santana emerged from an eight-year stint in prison as a man in pieces. Part of him remained the scrawny 14-year-old he was when he went in, convicted of a particularly brutal rape that he didn’t commit. The rest of him was something he barely recognized. His social skills and youth had been wasted in the lockstep of prison life: years of violence behind bars had frayed his nerves; some family and friends had long since abandoned him; he’d never attended a school dance, worked an afterschool job or filled out a college application. read more

Rev. Sharpton and Rep. Tim Huelskamp debate on PoliticsNation.

Putting the Tea Party in the timeout corner

12/12/12 08:00PM

Forget about bipartisan cooperation--right now, Republicans can't even get along with each other. GOP Congressman Tim Huelskamp called John Boehner's actions "petty" and "vindictive" after the speaker bumped him from a committee. "What outrages me is if you don't vote a certain way--whether you're Republican or Democrat--you get punished in Washington D.C.," he said on PoliticsNation. read more

Fight breaks out at Americans for...

Fight breaks out at Americans for Prosperity tent

12/12/12 07:00PM

More than 12,000 people came out to peacefully protest Michigan's anti-union law. One incident did break out near an Americans for Prosperity tent where a union worker allegedly took a swing at a FOX contributor. Former Rep. Mark Schauer and Joy Reid,... watch

President winning tax fight

President winning tax fight

12/12/12 07:00PM

A new poll shows 65 percent of the country believe the president does have a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy. But publicly Speaker Boehner is sticking to his guns. Will the GOP step up?  The Guardian's Ana Marie Cox and Nia-Malika Henderson of... watch

GOP favorability rating at 30 percent

GOP favorability rating at 30 percent

12/12/12 07:00PM

A new Wall Street Journal NBC News poll shows the Republican party's favorability rating at just 30 percent, close to a 10 year low. The RNC chair now says they'll look at the debate calendar as a potential problem, instead of their policies.... watch