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Romney returns?

Romney returns?

06/03/13 11:33AM

Monday’s Agenda panel discusses Mitt Romney’s return to the national stage, and whether the GOP can address the issues that alienated young voters during the 2012 election. watch

Inmate Curtis Colvard Sr. reads a Bible in the exercise yard of Sacramento County's Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove, Calif., Thursday, May 30, 2013.  A report by the California Little Hoover Commission  says Gov. Jerry Brown's prison...

The school-to-prison pipeline: How 'horseplay' puts kids in jail

05/31/13 07:59PM

As the national conversation on school safety continues to draw attention, the so-called school-to-prison pipeline has largely gone unmentioned. But a new report finds that tighter disciplinary policies and an increased number of police officers at school are landing a staggering number of children behind bars, instead of behind desks. 
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File Photo: The Honorable James Comey, Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, is sworn in before delivering testimony during the House Judiciary Committee hearing concerning reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act June 8, 2005 on Capitol Hill...

FBI nominee Comey likely to face tough questions ahead

05/31/13 03:05PM

Expected FBI nominee James Comey is not exactly what you would call a "yes man"--a reputation that could net him sharp scrutiny from both sides of the aisle should his nomination head into the blistering confirmation process. As acting attorney general in 2004, Comey dramatically defied Vice President Dick Cheney, and alerted President Bush that his administration was breaking the law with its terrorist surveillance program, code-named Stellar Wind. read more

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during his final State of the City speech at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 14, 2013. (Photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Bloomberg not backing down on gun control after ricin-laced letters

05/30/13 01:08PM

Deadly threats will not prevent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg from pursuing tighter gun laws, the outspoken gun control advocate said Thursday after anonymous letters addressed to him tested positive for ricin. "The letter was obviously referring to our anti-gun efforts, but there's 12,000 people who are going to get killed this year with guns," Bloomberg said. "We're not going to walk away from those efforts." read more

A view of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, Texas in this September 15, 2008 file photo.  About 30 percent of shareholders of both Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp backed calls for more disclosure surrounding their use of hydraulic fracturing May...

ExxonMobil shoots down LGBT employee protections (again)

05/29/13 08:29PM

ExxonMobil shareholders on Wednesday voted for the 14th year in a row to reject a resolution that would add nondiscrimination protections for LGBT employees to the company’s equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy. 
 The 81%-19% vote comes in what was otherwise “a record year for corporate equality,” according to the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index. Company after company updated its anti-discrimination policies to include LGBT provisions. ExxonMobil, though, received the lowest rating--negative 25--of any Fortune 500 company in HRC’s report. 
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Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., left, joined by other New York area-lawmakers, express their anger and disappointment after learning the House Republican leadership would not hold a vote on a super-storm Sandy aid bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republican boycotts GOP event because Ted Cruz is going

05/29/13 01:30PM

New York Republican Rep. Peter King said he won’t be attending his party’s annual state dinner Wednesday night because of featured guest Sen. Ted Cruz’s earlier efforts to scuttle a Hurricane Sandy relief bill. 
 “I don’t think we should be acknowledging people who are voting against us in our hour of need,” said King to BuzzFeed. “Once I found it was him...I decided not to go. I don’t know if I would have gone or not because of scheduling things, but that made it easy once I found out it was Ted Cruz.” 
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Who will replace Bachmann?

Who will replace Bachmann?

05/29/13 11:29AM

Talking Points Memo’s Igor Bobic,’s Trymaine Lee and Think Progress’ Annie-Rose Strasser discuss Rep. Michele Bachmann’s decision not to seek reelection and other top stories of the day. watch

President Barack Obama at Manor New Technology High School, Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Manor, Texas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama's 'daring' court plan

05/28/13 06:43PM

President Obama will soon nominate three judges at once to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit--often called the second most important court in the country. 
 Not only would the aggressive move tilt the conservative court in Obama’s favor, analysts argue, but it could also highlight GOP obstructionism by essentially “daring Republicans to find specific ground to filibuster all the nominees,” writes The New York Times’ Michael Shear, who first reported the story. 
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Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi (R) introduces Julie Hermann as Rutgers University athletic director on May 15, 2013 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Hermann, 49, most recently served as University of Louisville's senior associate athletic...

Rutgers draws fire over athletic director's alleged history of abuse

05/28/13 03:06PM

New Jersey state senator and former Governor Richard Codey reiterated his call for Rutgers President Robert Barchi to step down on Tuesday, amid mounting criticism over allegations that incoming Athletic Director Julie Hermann has a history of professional abuse. 
 “She’s a flat-out liar,” said Codey on msnbc Tuesday of Hermann, who has denied accounts of verbal and physical abuse during her tenure as coach at the University of Tennessee. Hermann has also denied allegations that she discouraged a former assistant coach, Ginger Hineline, from having a baby. 
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