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What the president said: a selection of quotes from U.S. inaugural speeches

The following is a selection of quotes from US presidents giving their inaugural speeches, from George Washington to Barack Obama. - George Washington (1789) “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every…

Inauguration 2013: How Obama is different from four years ago

Inauguration 2013: How Obama is different from four years ago (+video) The shadow of President Obama is cast on a wall as he leaves a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington after the Senate Finance Committee voted to approve his health-care bill in this…

Biden sworn in for second term as vice president

US Vice President Joe Biden re-took the oath of office Sunday as Barack Obama officially begins his second term, a day ahead of public festivities planned for Monday. Biden placed his hand on a thick and weathered-looking bible held by his wife, Jill, and pledged to “support and defend the…

Obama’s second chance: the president has gun laws and climate change in his sight

There is a far less compromising mood coming from the White House – and a more aggressive political program When the firebrand Republican senator Ted Cruz went on conservative Laura Ingraham’s radio show last week, the topic of conversation swiftly turned to Barack Obama. As the president prepares to be…

Priebus: Republicans in blue states ‘ought to be’ rigging Electoral College

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus says that conservative lawmakers in blue states like Wisconsin “ought to be looking at” ways to rig the Electoral College system to tilt elections towards Republican candidates in a way that could have allowed presidential candidate Mitt Romney to win. On Sunday, the…

Coulter calls to name abortion patients because they ‘might be willing to murder a child’

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter says that if newspapers are going to publish the names of people who have gun permits then they should also publish the names of women who had abortions because “mothers might want to know what other women on their street might be willing to murder a…

Dick Armey on $8 million FreedomWorks severance: I ‘couldn’t leave with empty pockets’

Former House Majority Leader and Tea Party favorite Dick Armey defended the huge payout he received for leaving FreedomWorks in an interview this weekend with ABC News, saying he, “couldn’t leave with empty pockets.” After an acrimonious rift developed between himself and others at FreedomWorks, Armey quietly resigned from the…

Study: Black voters may have turned out at higher rate than whites for first time in 2012

In the 2012 election, African-American voters may have turned out at a higher rate than white voters for the first time in history.  According to Politico, black voters clearly turned out a higher percentages of registered voters than other ethnic minorities, and if early results from the Pew Research Center are…

Gingrich: Republicans must embrace same sex marriage and immigration reform

Failed presidential candidate and Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) said in an interview published Thursday that the Republican Party should own up to the “big wave of change” that is engulfing the country and embrace same sex marriage equality and a pathway to citizenship for the children of undocumented…

Florida GOP leaders admit crafting law to suppress college vote

The chairman of the Alachua County Republican Party told a newspaper this week that he and another prominent Florida Republican pushed for changes to the state’s provisional balloting system in order to suppress young and poor voters, many of whom are students or rent their residence. The Miami Herald found…

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