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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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