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What to expect in Obama's second inaugural address

January 21, 2013 The election was fought over lots of big issues -- tax reform, immigration, how to wind down our wars -- before the Newtown shooting added gun violence to the list. Here's a preview of what President Obama will say about them at his second inauguration. Expect Obama to do what ...

Is the Debt Limit Fight Over Already?

January 17, 2013 There are several signs House Republicans will agree to raise the debt ceiling without demanding huge concessions in spending cuts. "Several different people have emailed to say the House GOP in Williamsburg has agreed to raise the debt ceiling with no fight," RedState's Erick Erickson tweeted. (The House GOP is ...

What the NRA should fear most from government action: Research

January 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama is looking at issuing 19 executive actions on gun control, and while gun enthusiasts fear a gun ban that can't happen by executive order, there is one proposal that should make the gun lobby plenty nervous: allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence. ...

Attorney General Eric Holder will be sticking around

January 10, 2013 Attorney General Eric Holder will remain in his position at the Justice Department into President Obama's second term, a White House official said, despite being a punching bag for House Republicans for much of the last three and a half years. That confirms a Fox News report from November that ...

Obama’s Cabinet not as diverse this time

January 8, 2013 There are several key differences between President Obama's cabinet picks in 2009 and in 2013. This term there are more longtime Obama allies. This term he's showing more "confidence in his choices," picking fights with Republicans. And this term he's picking a lot of white males. Admittedly, the person who ...

Boehner re-elected as House speaker

January 3, 2013 Republican lawmakers unhappy with House Speaker John Boehner failed to oust him in Thursday's vote for the leaders of the 113th Congress, which re-elected Boehner by a tally of 220 to 192. The anti-Boehner crowd -- which had bragged to Breitbart News that it was big enough to nominate a ...

Why the House GOP left the Hurricane Sandy relief bill out in the cold

January 2, 2013 While the fiscal cliff deal was busy getting passed, bitter House Republicans allowed a $27 billion relief package for states affected by Hurricane Sandy to die amidst partisan, pork-stuffed complaints. Majority Leader Eric Cantor had pushed for the bill to be debated Wednesday, Politico's David Rogers explains, and Republican Rep. ...

Meet Chuck Hagel, your 'likely' new Secretary of Defense

December 13, 2012 Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel is "likely" to be named the next Secretary of Defense by President Obama, Bloomberg is now reporting. Hagel visited the White House to discuss the position December 4, and has passed the vetting process, according to the news site. Update: NBC News quotes a White ...

This is how the great comeback of David Petraeus begins

November 29, 2012 Before his downfall, one of David Petraeus's greatest skills was cultivating an adoration from the press — many formerly fawning reporters have admitted as much since the Love Pentagon scandal, and that's not even including the one who loved him. So it was hard not to be just skeptical Thursday ...

A Visual History of Presidents Awkwardly Meeting the Losers They Defeated

November 28, 2012 Subscribe: Newsletter Facebook LinkedIn President Obama and Mitt Romney will have lunch together in the White House Thursday, part of a quadrennial tradition in which we celebrate the peaceful transition of power (or four more years of the same power) and simultaneously watch the former foes' faces for signs of ...