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Congress more trustworthy than car salesmen, barely

12/03/12 11:00AM

Results of a new poll taken by Gallup show only one in 10 Americans think members of Congress have high honesty and ethical standards. Car salespeople are the only professionals who rank lower, with only 8% giving them a the "high" trustworthiness and ethics ranking. Congress got the most negative reaction, with more than 54% saying their honesty and ethics were low or very low. read more

Grover Norquist (R), president of Americans for Tax Reform,spoke at a Politico Playbook Breakfast November 28, 2012 at the Newseum in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Norquist promises second coming of Tea Party

12/02/12 01:10PM

Grover Norquist insisted that reports of his tax pledge's death have been greatly exaggerated and warned GOP lawmakers that President Obama's proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff is not serious. "This is a massive collection of spending increases and tax increases," Norquist said on Sunday's Meet the Press of the proposal presented to Congress by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner last week. "Republicans want to continue the Bush tax cuts, and the extenders and the AMT package... it's the president who's threatening to raise taxes if he stamps his feet and doesn't get his way," he said. read more


What Reagan said about taxes. (It's what Democrats are saying now.)

11/30/12 07:55PM

Even Jeb Bush says that Ronald Reagan would have a hard time fitting into today's GOP. Republicans still often speak lovingly of their adored "Gipper," but the debate in Washington shows just how far the party has drifted from its idol. Here's one example. The Republican talking point these days is that raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans would be bad for the economy and hurt job creation. Reagan himself had a different view. He made the case for tax fairness this way in a 1985 speech:
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Bo Obama gets into the holiday spirit in a YouTube video released by the White House.

All I want for Christmas is Bo

11/30/12 04:38PM

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas all across the country and, in our nation's capitol, everyone is in the holiday spirit—including First Dog Bo Obama. In a new video released by the White House, Bo takes viewers on a quick tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue's Christmas decorations, complete with a "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" soundtrack. From large trees to twinkling lights to a Bo-like dog sculpture decked out in a Santa hat and lights, the First Dog looks ready for Christmas. read more

House Speaker John Boehner tapped Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan to serve as chair of the House Administration Committee. (Official photo of Rep. Candice Miller; Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

Boehner finally appoints a chairwoman to run a House committee

11/30/12 04:00PM

House Speaker John Boehner has finally found a woman for one of the two open chairmanships that remained after he named 19 white men to head up all the major House committees. NBC News has learned that Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan has been tapped to serve as chair of the House Administration Committee. The appointment will be somewhat new territory for Miller, who according to Open Secrets served on the committee in 2006, but not since. She's served on the Homeland Security and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees since then. read more

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, election officials check the photo identification card of a voter in Cimarron, Kan. Voter ID laws designed to deter fraud may end up blocking thousands of legitimate ballots.  (AP Photo/The The Hutchinson News,...

Voter ID crusade continues into 2013: Four to watch

11/30/12 07:15AM

The dust has barely settled from Election Day 2012, but that hasn't stopped some from pushing forward with a brand new wave of restrictive voter ID proposals. Montana One of the most onerous proposals comes from Montana's Republican State Rep. Ted Washburn. He's planning to introduce a voter ID law that would allow only three forms of ID: a state issued driver's license, a state issued ID card, or a tribal ID card. Military cards, passports, and student IDs? Unacceptable. Iowa read more

UN Ambassador Susan Rice leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, with Sen. Susan Collins, R- Maine, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., about the Benghazi terrorist attack. Rice continued her fight Wednesday to win over...

WATCH: A former U.N. ambassador defends Susan Rice

11/29/12 07:59PM

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson joined PoliticsNation to defend embattled Ambassador Susan Rice. He's uniquely qualified to address Ambassador Rice's early comments on the Benghazi attacks, since he also served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1997 to 1998. read more

Boehner willing to risk recovery over tax...

Boehner willing to risk recovery over tax fight

11/29/12 07:00PM

House Speaker John Boehner is digging in his heels over the tax cut fight, and says Democrats need to explain what spending cuts they’ll make before he’ll consider raising the debt ceiling. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., talks with Rev. Al Sharpton. watch

GOP strategist says party ‘repels’ voters

GOP strategist says party ‘repels’ voters

11/29/12 07:00PM

Republican strategist Mike Murphy offered a dose of reality to the GOP when he said the party “repels” Latinos and younger voters. Erin McPike of Real Clear Politics and MSNBC host Toure discuss where the Republican party is headed. watch

Biden checks out Costco

Biden checks out Costco

11/29/12 07:00PM

Vice President Joe Biden keeps his reputation as a “Regular Joe” as he checks out the grand opening of Costco in Washington, D.C.. Rev. Al Sharpton has the details. watch

Critics accuse Rice of giving false...

Critics accuse Rice of giving false information

11/29/12 07:00PM

Critics in the Republican party are accusing Ambassador Susan Rice of giving false information about the Benghazi attacks on Sunday shows, while forgetting their own Sunday show appearances in the lead up to the Iraq war. Former governor Bill... watch

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Romney made it to the White House! But just for lunch

11/29/12 02:22PM

Mitt Romney made his way to the White House on Thursday, but not in the manner he had hoped for when he started campaigning for president almost six years ago. Romney and President Obama had a private lunch at the White House dining room—the first time the two have met face to face since the final presidential debate this fall. read more

Cropped chairmen

With GOP House chairmen, the lack of diversity is only one of the issues

11/28/12 08:40PM

House Speaker John Boehner is getting a lot of attention for picking only white men to serve as chairmen for 19 of the 21 House committees he controls, but it turns out it's not just the lack of diversity that's noteworthy. Many of these men hold extreme positions or bring in big campaign money from the industries they're set to control. Let's take a closer look at some of these chairmen, the incoming and veteran. read more