The party is trying to convince voters they’re changing, with Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Sen. Rick Santorum all attempting image makeovers. Abby Huntsman of HuffPost Live and Dr. James Peterson of Lehigh University weigh in. watch
Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez has been a fierce activist against injustice and inequality and serves on President Obama’s advisory council on HIV and AIDS. She joins Rev. Al Sharpton to talk about the election and immigration issues. watch
Rev. Al Sharpton would like to let Republicans in on something he learned as a kid: the boogeyman isn’t real. The GOP is still trying to pass off President Obama’s win as something that was only possible because some kind of “boogeyman” helped to steal... watch
President Obama may have the upper hand in the tax fight, and Republicans may be ready to cave. But there is a catch; the debt ceiling. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Democratic Strategist Margie Omero join Rev. Al Sharpton. watch
The GOP presidential ticket failed to carry Wisconsin even though native son Paul Ryan was the VP candidate. The state Republican party is wasting no time in proposing voting reforms that they claim would improve the process--all of which seem designed to depress voter turnout, especially from Democrats. read more
Former Democratic Congressman Jack Brooks, who passed away late Tuesday at the age of 89, may be best known for being part of one of the most famous photos in history. Brooks was standing behind Jacqueline Kennedy in the cabin of Air Force One as Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office hours after President John Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963.
But his legacy came from the work he went on to do after that photo was taken with President Johnson to fight for civil rights. read more
The actress Ashley Judd is reportedly considering a Senate run against Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell in her native Kentucky.
Judd, who received a Master's degree in public administration from Harvard University in 2010 and for years has worked as a progressive activist, has discussed a Senate bid with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Democratic pollsters, Politico reported. Judd also has conducted opposition research on herself to prepare for attacks. read more
The headline of the newest poll report out of Public Policy Polling says it all: "Republicans not handling election results well."
But it's a smaller nugget from the report that's most fascinating:
49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn't exist anymore.
For more than 20 years, Republicans have held fast to a no tax increase rule. But now the GOP seems to finally be getting the message that Americans support a tax increase for the wealthy. MSNBC host Krystal Ball and MSNBC.com Vice President Richard... watch
In his first interview since winning re-election, President Obama indicated what he’s willing to negotiate on and what he won’t in talks over the fiscal situation. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Ca., joins Rev. Al Sharpton. watch
A report from Politico says Rep. Paul Ryan is trying to define his image into something other than the “austerity guy”. Will it work? David Corn of Mother Jones and Democratic Strategist Jamal Simmons discuss Ryan’s transformation attempt. watch
Elizabeth Warren has won a seat on the powerful Senate banking committee, and will face down bankers who testify for bad behavior. Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post and Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List, talk with Rev. Al Sharpton. watch
Two years ago, Wall Street chased Elizabeth Warren off the Consumer Financial Protect Bureau that she’d proposed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
Her Wall Street haters then followed her into the hotly contested Massachusetts Senate race, pouring money into her opponent’s coffers in hopes of keeping her out of office.
Now, in spite of her opponents' efforts, Warren will take a seat on the Banking Committee where she will oversee the implementation of Dodd-Frank and other banking regulations, the Huffington Post reported, according to four sources. read more
Still stung by their defeat in last month's elections, Republicans across the country are back to looking for ways to suppress the vote.
Today the president of a conservative group in N.C. predicted the future for Tar Heel voters: "One of the first bills the North Carolina General Assembly will enact next year, and that new Gov. Pat McCrory will sign, will establish a photo ID requirement to vote in North Carolina." read more