A Gallup poll taken in October 2011 showed that 54 percent of Americans felt that gun laws should remain as they are or be less strict. But in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that killed 20 children and six adults, a more recent poll tells a different story.
Media reports early Monday morning suggest South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will appoint Rep. Tim Scott (R) to succeed the retiring Sen. Jim DeMint who is leaving to head up The Heritage Foundation. Scott would be the first black senator to represent the southern state since Reconstruction and only the sixth black Republican to serve in the nation's upper chamber.
Mark DeMoss, known in political circles as one of Mitt Romney's top evangelical advisers and a longtime supporter is now calling for gun control on the heels of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead.
When Washington State and Colorado voters approved laws legalizing the personal use of marijuana, governors and legal experts looked to the White House and the Justice Department to see how the federal government would react to the issue. In an interview President Obama granted ABC's Barbara Walters, they might have their answer.
An horrendous shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. today that killed 20 children and eight adults has prompted an immediate outcry for gun control laws from leading liberals, especially on assault weapons such as the one used in Friday's tragic shooting.
United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to replace outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She says Republican criticism – mostly unfounded – was the reason she will not risk a volatile Senate confirmation process.
It isn't often that President Obama and the Tea Party agree, but both are predicting that House Speaker John Boehner will convince his troops to go along with raising taxes on America's most productive households – namely those making over $250,000 annually.
If all goes as expected, Michigan is poised to become the 24th state to implement right-to-work laws which would give employees the option of not contributing a portion of their paychecks for unions to negotiate on their behalf. The plan is seen to be a major setback to organized labor and has Democratic legislators making intimidating comments.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly referred to as the Mormon Church, announced a new website designed to encourage dialogue about same-sex attractions and marriage.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Friday to hear two different cases involving same-sex marriage has brought mixed reactions, however Brian Brown who heads up the National Organization for Marriage has said he is "delighted" the nation's highest court will hear the case. He has insisted that the decision is a victory for proponents of traditional marriage.
Political insiders say there could be more to South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's decision to resign his seat than just a bigger paycheck at a coveted Washington policy organization. Even some legislators on the hill are pointing out that GOP leaders are relegating their tea party types to the backbench and that is making them seek additional outlets to advance their cause.
Since the Republicans lost both the White House and any chance of gaining control of the U.S. Senate for the foreseeable future, party leaders are licking their wounds and trying to determine how to attract Hispanic voters. Now Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is saying that goal will be a "challenge."
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who has built a reputation in the Senate as a leader for the Tea Party movement announced on Thursday that he is resigning his seat and has accepted the presidency of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. His resignation will be effective in January.
Former Rep. Dick Armey, the battle-scarred majority leader who served under Newt Gingrich, has left the chairman's role at FreedomWorks, one of the first tea party type groups to advocate the principles of individual liberty. Armey said he was leaving because of "serious concerns about the ethical and moral behavior of the senior leadership."
The Public Religion Research Institute confirmed that the religiously unaffiliated and minority Christian vote largely went to President Obama while Mitt Romney attracted most of the white, evangelical vote in November. The group's recent surveys highlight the challenge the GOP has in attracting minority voters.
Former President George W. Bush who has spent the past four years out of the political limelight, addressed immigration reform in a speech in Dallas on Tuesday, saying it would help boost the economy.
A majority of Democrats indicated they have a positive view of "socialism," a recent Gallup poll found. But a Socialist Party spokesperson maintains that both the Democratic and Republican parties are ineffective.
A recent survey taken by LifeWay Research shows a majority of adults in the U.S. believe businesses and organizations should be mandated to provide contraception and birth control for their employees. Interestingly, the respondents feel even organizations and businesses with strong religious objections should not be exempted.
A suggestion by some Democrats that eliminating tax deductions for mortgage interest and charitable contributions could be part of a fiscal cliff deal is raising the specter of significant harm for the middle class, according to some experts. And they are saying the church is at risk as well.
After the GOP's stunning loss in November's presidential election, many in the Republican ranks see immigration reform as the only way to attract an expanding Latino population. Yet the first hurdle to jump is finding the right platform from which to launch the process and therein may be the biggest challenge facing Congress next year.
Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker has accepted a challenge from a Twitter follower to live off food stamps for seven days. He will begin the challenge on Monday, Dec. 3, and continue until the following Sunday.
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a lawsuit filed by an atheist group asking for the removal of a World War II era statue of Jesus near a Montana ski resort can proceed.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) filed a resolution in the House earlier his week calling on Congress to denounce what is known as "reparative therapy," or the practice of helping homosexuals lose their desire for same-sex attractions.
On Tuesday President Obama nominated three individuals for open positions on the U.S. District Court, one of whom if confirmed would be the first openly gay Hispanic judge to preside in a federal courtroom.
Leading Hispanic evangelical the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez has offered his support to an immigration bill put forth in Washington on Tuesday. Republican Sens. John Kyl (Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (Texas) have filed legislation to address immigration reform and appeal to an ever-increasing Latino population that has steered clear of GOP candidates in recent elections.