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 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
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: read more
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 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
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.
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.
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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
Mitt Romney met with President Obama over lunch at the White House, but his party is still spinning why he lost. Msnbc.com Vice President Richard Wolffe and MSNBC Political analyst Karen Finney weigh in. watch
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
Arizona Sherriff Joe Arpaio is trying to set the record straight on his record on diversity and civil rights. He told the Arizona Republic he can “get along great with the Hispanics.” Rev. Al Sharpton explains. watch
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
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
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
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