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President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

White House releases new official portrait of Obama

01/18/13 08:04AM

The White House released a new official portrait of President Obama just a few days before his second term in office is set to begin. The photo, taken by White House photographer Pete Souza on Dec. 6 of last year, shows the president standing hin front of his desk in the Oval Office with a big smile on his face. read more

FILE - This March 28, 2011 file photo shows Myrlie Evers-Williams, wife of murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers speaks about her being honored by the Mississippi Legislature for her contributions to civil rights and race relations, at the Capitol...

Widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers 'honored' to deliver inaugural invocation

01/17/13 08:58PM

Fifty years after civil rights pioneer Medgar Evers was murdered, his widow says she's proud to continue his work and honor his legacy by giving the invocation at President Obama's second inauguration. "I'm just so appreciative, so thankful," Myrlie Evers-Williams said on PoliticsNation. "I never imagined that this would happen in my wildest dreams." read more

Honoring Muhammad Ali

Honoring Muhammad Ali

01/17/13 07:00PM

Thursday is boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s 71st birthday. Rev. Al Sharpton honors a man who was never afraid to speak his mind and stood up for what he... watch

FILE - This Nov. 28, 2012 file photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. walking on Capitol Hill in Washington.  House Republicans say they may seek a short-term extension of the government's debt limit in the next few weeks, a...

Paul Ryan signals GOP ready to cave on debt ceiling

01/17/13 04:00PM

Congressman and former vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told reporters that he and fellow House Republicans are considering a short-term debt limit extension until March in order to avoid shutting down the government. “We’re discussing the possible virtue of a short-term debt-limit extension so that we have a better chance of getting the Senate and White House involved in discussions in March,” Ryan said. It's the first official notice that House Republican leadership is considering cutting a deal rather than pressing for immense spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. read more

Tea Party favorite, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (Photo by Alex Brandon/AP)

Rand Paul vows to 'nullify' Obama's executive action on guns

01/17/13 12:30PM

Rand Paul is dipping back into civil war era vocabulary in his latest attacks on President Obama, vowing to "nullify" the president's executive orders on guns. “In this bill we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation,” the Republican Senator from Kentucky said Wednesday. “And there are several of the executive orders that appear as if he’s writing new law. That cannot happen.” “I’m afraid that President Obama may have this ‘king complex’ sort of developing, and we’re going to make sure it doesn’t happen,” Paul said. read more

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NRA represents gun manufacturers, not owners, says Rep. Ellison

01/16/13 07:52PM

Congressman Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, says the NRA's new ad targeting the Obama daughters is offensive and indicative that the NRA will go to any length to support the gun manufacturers who are the lobby's true constituents. But that doesn't mean he wants the NRA to take the ad down. "I want them to show it because I think the more American people see it, the more offended they will be," he said. "They will know that this is a group of unscrupulous people who know no low point and I think that the public will continue to turn against them as it has been." read more

Republican presidential candidate former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney takes a bite of pizza during lunch with his wife Ann while campaigning at Village Pizza in Newport, N.H., Wednesday Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Do Republicans need a 'slice' of reality?

01/16/13 06:30PM

Ever since former Godfather Pizza chief Herman Cain joined the presidential race, Republicans have been heading towards becoming the "Pizza Party," and now House Republicans are taking that one step further. At an annual policy retreat in Williamsburg, Va., GOP lawmakers are looking to Domino's Pizza CEO J. Patrick Doyle to help inspire the party. He's hosting a presentation called "Turning it Around." But this isn't the first evidence of a deep-dish connection between pizza and the GOP. read more

File Photo: Florida Gov. Rick Scott, (Photo by David Goldman/AP)

Rick Scott shirks the blame for disastrous voting law

01/16/13 05:50PM

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the controversial voting legislation that shortened early voting and led to long lines at the polls, but he says that doesn't mean the law is his fault. "It was not my bill," Scott said. "We've got to make changes, I agree. … The Legislature passed it. I didn't have anything to do with passing it." read more

President Barack Obama unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington on January 16, 2013. (Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters)

President Obama signs 23-point gun-control order

01/16/13 12:40PM

With families of Newtown victims in the audience and concerned American children by his side, President Obama formally unveiled his proposals to deal with gun violence Wednesday. The plan focuses on four areas:  Closing background check loopholes, banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, providing schools with safety resources, and increasing access to mental health services. "This is our first task as a society: keeping our children safe," he said. "This is how we will be judged, and their voices should compel us to change." read more

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NRA pushes back on critics of ad targeting Obama kids

01/16/13 10:31AM

The NRA is pushing back against critics taking issue with its new ad that references President Obama's daughter Sasha and Malia. In a statement released Wednesday, spokesman Andrew Arulanandam says, "Whoever thinks the ad is about President Obama's daughters are missing the point completely or they're trying to change the subject." read more