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Dec 20, 2012 1:36PM ET
The most noxious, wrongheaded, misleading, silly, and downright awful pieces of punditry to somehow end up in print or online this year.
Dec 20, 2012 12:53PM ET
After Newtown, public figures have called not just for more gun control but to find a way to stop glamorizing violence. But some of the most prominent, most serious public figures in America — national politicians — have been glamorizing guns for decades.
Dec 20, 2012 11:28AM ET
Speculation had been brewing for weeks, and a report surfaced earlier in the morning that Booker would tweet his intentions, and then came the tweet to the popular (if controversial) mayor's 1.3 million followers late in the morning.
Dec 20, 2012 10:02AM ET
Questioning President Obama's record in an election year beyond "driving us over a fiscal cliff," Sarah Palin went on Fox News last night to blast Time's choice.
Dec 20, 2012 9:27AM ET
If you thought Mitt Romney wasted his money on advertising, you won't believe how much of yours his transition team spent on furniture and BlackBerrys.
Dec 20, 2012 12:15AM ET
Those following the gun control legislation bubbling up on Capitol Hill must be getting a lot of déjà vu, since similar legislation made its way through Congress 20 years ago.
Dec 19, 2012 6:03PM ET
People who type words for a living don't want to feel like a helpless and doomed target. A better way to avoid that feeling in real life, instead of an op-ed writer's fantasy, is to keep really powerful weapons out of the hands of really crazy people.
Dec 19, 2012 4:51PM ET
You would think, after a 20-year-old with legal guns killed 20 first-graders, that the National Rifle Association wouldn't be doing too well — what with the initial outcry over its silence and the ensuing outcry over the gun lobby's brief statement late Tuesday. But you would be wrong.
Dec 19, 2012 2:26PM ET
The fate of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier who allegedly murdered nine children and seven adults in March 2012 in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan, may be up to President Obama.
Dec 19, 2012 2:08PM ET
Instead of putting pressure on Obama and the White House, which immediately rejected and then announced its intention to veto the idea, Plan B has brought more attention to infighting among Republicans.
Dec 19, 2012 2:06PM ET
President Obama's highly anticipated press conference — in which he offered his strongest remarks about new gun legislation since the Newtown shootings, and officially announced a commission to be led by Vice President Biden — wasn't very interesting to the White House press pool. They wanted to talk about the fiscal cliff. Here's an anatomy of the insiders' priority shift.
Dec 19, 2012 1:00PM ET
The defense secretary owns a golden retriever — code name: Bravo; real name: Bravo — who, besides witnessing first-paw the CIA's plans to hunt down Osama bin Laden, is way better at keeping secrets than the disgraced former CIA chief.
Dec 19, 2012 12:25PM ET
In a press conference at the White House, the president formally announced a commission led by Vice President Joe Biden to draft a set of "concrete proposals no later than January" — a strong pledge that acknowledged a countrywide debate over the past week.
Dec 19, 2012 11:39AM ET
When someone like Robert Bork dies, the inevitable barrage of obituaries becomes something of an art form. Here are the best attempts to describe the conservative legal icon so far.
Dec 19, 2012 11:35AM ET
The Anna-to-France mill has heated up again, this time by way of an "exclusive" this morning from The Hollywood Reporter's Tina Daunt.
Dec 19, 2012 10:41AM ET
If the White House won't buy the House Republicans' backup plan, does that mean it's time for fiscal cliff panic?
Dec 19, 2012 10:03AM ET
It may be difficult to look at this many firearms at once after the Newtown shooting, but just think about it: They were all returned, in what's being called an instant gun-buyback boom, and in one of the most dangerous places in America.
Dec 19, 2012 9:58AM ET
Bork, considered one of the leading conservative constitutional scholars of his time, died in Virginia of heart complications, his contentious confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court leaving twin legacies.
Dec 18, 2012 11:09PM ET
It's unclear why the National Rifle Association decided to break its silence on the Newtown shooting on Tuesday afternoon. Maybe they finally mustered up the courage to face the public.
Dec 18, 2012 10:14PM ET
Less than an hour after an accountability review lambasted the State Department for its response to the Benghazi consulate attack, Hillary Clinton started doling out security guards to missions around the world.
Dec 18, 2012 6:46PM ET
On the same day that Obama backed a new ban on assault weapons, the NRA promised to offer "meaningful contributions" after 20 children were gunned down in their elementary school. So, what, you expect a wave of pro-gun control Republicans to suddenly appear?
Dec 18, 2012 5:48PM ET
If Chuck Hagel is going to be the next Secretary of Defense, a newly surfaced comment could ignite a confirmation battle already full of divisiveness — and now with semi-fresh details about his already controversial positions on Israel.
Dec 18, 2012 4:45PM ET
Four and a half days after a 20-year-old man carried legal guns into a Connecticut elementary school and killed 20 small children, the National Rifle Association spoke out on the Newtown massacre with a brief statement late Tuesday afternoon.
Dec 18, 2012 4:10PM ET
The ghost of the day before Sandy Hook — a piece of legislation with sad and provocative timing — will never come to pass. Whether it's a sign of how Republican legislators will react to Friday's school shooting, however, remains to be seen.
Dec 18, 2012 1:56PM ET
White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Obama is "actively supportive" of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bill to reinstate the assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004. Will it be enough?
Dec 18, 2012 1:46PM ET
Well here's some more depressing news: adults are stocking up on backpacks lined with "carbon nanotube armor" in the wake of the Newtown massacre, and there's an entire sad micro-industry.
Dec 18, 2012 1:36PM ET
The gun lobby will soon break its public silence on the school shooting, Fox News reports. Here's an early indication of its plan.
Dec 18, 2012 1:27PM ET
Booker's response this week to a recent New York Times profile isn't that unusual: he's pushed back, just as hard, against other, equally unflattering media portrayals of himself and his city.
Dec 18, 2012 12:52PM ET
There comes a point in every gun control debate when certain people feel the need to establish their Real American bona fides. The funny thing is, these certain people are also from New York City, or worse, Washington, D.C.
Dec 18, 2012 11:45AM ET
Within hours of its being floated publicly, the White House has already rejected House Speaker John Boehner's backup plan on the fiscal-cliff negotiations.