The 113th Congress will set some big diversity records, with more women serving than ever before and an entire delegation of women from New Hampshire, but unfortunately none of that diversity will be reflected in House committee leadership.
House Speaker John Boehner announced the chairs of most major House committees for the 113th Congress on Tuesday, and all 19 of them are white males, prompting many Democratic lawmakers to ask, "Where are the women?"—a phrase often echoed last year as women's voices were kept out of hearings on women's health issues. read more
Fresh off filing the paperwork to seek re-election, Governor Chris Christie woke up Tuesday to some impressive polling numbers. A new Quinnipiac poll shows the New Jersey Republican's approval rating at an all-time high of 72%.
Christie may be pretty popular right now, but what's even more popular is Christie's praise of President Obama's handling of the crisis. That got the approval of 84% of Garden State residents, including 69% of Republicans. The lesson: voters like bipartisanship. read more
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli suggested President Obama only won because of voter fraud, and other states are still pushing to make voting harder. Jim Greer, former Chairman of the Republican Party, joins Rev. Al Sharpton. watch
Speaker of the House John Boehner is once again using the limit on the debt ceiling to get what he wants in the tax fight. He told the president it's "his leverage'. MSNBC hosts Krystal Ball and Steve Kornacki talk with Rev. Al Sharpton about why... watch
President Obama is meeting with small business owners, middle-class Americans, and CEO's to drum up support for his tax plan. Will Republicans come around? NBC Latino contributor Victoria De Francesco Soto and Dana Milbank of the Washington Post weigh in. watch
Six congressional Democrats are calling for a federal investigation into a 2011 Florida voting law following a Palm Beach Post report that suggested Republicans intended to suppress Democratic turnout with the new rules.
The multi-pronged law, H.B. 1355, put restrictions on third-party registration groups that were so burdensome they were ultimately struck down by a federal court. It also reduced early voting from 14 to eight days, ending voting on the Sunday before Election Day, when many minority voters participated in Souls to the Polls events in 2008. read more
While Republicans argue about whether or not they are willing to break ties with Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge, President Obama has decided to make the middle class the focus of his campaign for a deal to help avoid going over the fiscal cliff that came from last year's debt ceiling debate. read more
Sen. John McCain is continuing his attacks on Ambassador Susan Rice over the attack in Benghazi, even after Rice met with the senator to discuss how the intelligence situation evolved in the days after the attack. Are Republicans trying to spin the... watch
Donald Trump’s children have reportedly staged an intervention with their father, and told him to cool his attacks on President Obama. Trump was once a front-runner in the GOP, but as the Tea Party star fades, will the party go in another direction?... watch
The facts from the CIA clear Ambassador Susan Rice’s name, but FOX News continues to push the fake scandal. Will the right wing bubble burst? Radio host Joe Madison and Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post join Rev. Al Sharpton. watch
The Republicans are still pushing legislation that alienated voters, including new attempts at voter ID laws and abortion restrictions. Zerlina Maxwell of thegrio.com and Alicia Menendez of HuffPost Live discuss why the GOP is pushing the same policies... watch
Some members of the GOP are rejecting Grover Norquist’s tax pledge, but still won’t raise taxes on the wealthy. MSNBC contributor Jared Bernstein and Michelle Cottle of Newsweek and the Daily Beast weigh in on the latest moves from the Republican party. watch
President Obama kicked off the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardoning on Wednesday with a laugh.
"You know they say life is all about second chances. And this November, I could not agree more," he said.
The president, who just returned from a trip to Asia, pardoned Virginia-bred turkeys Cobbler and his alternate, Gobbler, in the White House's Rose Garden.
This was the first time that the American public got a say in which fowl would become the national bird. It was a close race, all done via Facebook, but Cobbler came out on top. read more