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  • Obama's Second Term: What History Says to Expect Sunday, 20 Jan 2013 | 10:05 AM ET
    President Barack Obama takes the oath of office on Monday.

    The myths and realities of second-term presidents – and what they portend for Obama.

  • House GOP Debt Ceiling Plan: 'No Budget, No Pay' Friday, 18 Jan 2013 | 2:11 PM ET

    The Republican-controlled House will vote next week to permit the government to borrow more money to meet its obligations, a move aimed at heading off a market-rattling confrontation with President Obama over the debt limit.

  • For Americans, 'Cope' Has Replaced 'Hope': NBC Poll Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 6:31 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama approaches his second inauguration amid persistent public resignation about the tepid economic recovery, and a widespread belief that Washington's budget fights have made things worse, the latest NBC/WSJ poll says.

  • GOP May Seek Short-Term Debt Limit Extension Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 4:46 PM ET
    Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

    House Republicans may seek a short-term extension of the government's debt limit as the party seeks to maximize leverage in negotiations over spending cuts.

  • Obama Gun Control Plan Faces Tough Road in Congress Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 11:24 AM ET
    President Barack Obama announces the creation of an interagency task force for guns as as Vice President Joseph Biden listens on.

    House Republicans are rejecting President Obama's $500 million gun-control plan while his allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate are stopping well short of pledging immediate action.

  • Obama Seeks Assault Gun Ban, Background Checks Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 10:21 AM ET
    President Obama signs executive actions to curb gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden (L) and invited guests look on.

    With children sitting nearby, President Obama proposed a new ban on assault weapons and universal background checks for gun buyers on Wednesday in a sweeping package to curb firearm violence after the killing of 20 first-graders and six adults in a Connecticut school last month.

  • Dem Elder Statesman: We Spend Too Much Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | 11:20 AM ET

    The government has a "spending problem" and that needs to change, former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt told CNBC.

  • Debt Ceiling Battle: Why No One Agrees on Anything Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | 10:17 AM ET

    How politicians even explain the way the government spends money depends on what party they belong to and whether that party holds the White House or Congress.

  • Conservatives to GOP: Don't Mess With the Debt Ceiling Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | 9:48 AM ET
    Alan Simpson

    Republican lawmakers are being told by a growing number of conservatives to stop using the debt ceiling crisis to force major spending cuts.

  • Private Jet Traffic Plummets for Second Inaugural Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | 9:44 AM ET

    The number of private jets scheduled to land in Washington, D.C. next week for President Obama's second inauguration is less than half of his 2009 inauguration's total.

  • Damage in the Rockaway neighborhood in New York City, where the historic boardwalk was washed away during Hurricane Sandy.

    The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved $50.5 billion in long-delayed federal disaster aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy, but not before Republicans flexed their budget-cutting muscle to strike some spending provisions.

  • Obama Gets Ready to Make His Move on Gun Control Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 5:49 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks as Vice President Joseph Biden listens during an announcement on gun reform on December 19, 2012.

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will host children from around the country at a White House event Wednesday to unveil their package of proposals to curb gun violence in the U.S.

  • NY State Passes First Gun Control Bill Since Newtown Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 4:46 PM ET

    New York State's Assembly on Tuesday easily passed the nation's toughest gun control law, calling for a stricter assault weapons ban and provisions to try to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats.

  • A destroyed home is viewed along the beach in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of New York City.

    Want to know what's on the mind of your members of Congress? Maybe the best way to find out is to look at the list of proposed amendments to the Hurricane Sandy relief bill in the House.

  • More Service Cuts on the Way From U.S. Postal Service Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 3:56 PM ET
    U.S. Postal Service

    With plans for a congressional overhaul on hold, the board of governors for the U.S. Postal Service wants the cash-strapped agency to speed up cost-cutting efforts.

  • What Obama Is Likely to Propose on Gun Control Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 3:55 PM ET
    Ruger.22 caliber semiautomatic, designed to look like a 'Tommy Gun', a Hi-Point .40 caliber semiautomatic carbine, a Hi-Point 9mm semiautomatic handgun, and two Glock .40 caliber semiautomatic handguns.

    In front of children who wrote letters to him expressing concern about gun violence, President Obama will unveil proposals Wednesday to curb the misuse of firearms.

  • Fiscal Hawks Link Spending Cuts to Hurricane Sandy Aid Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 12:09 PM ET
    Damage in the Rockaway neighborhood in New York City, where the historic boardwalk was washed away during Hurricane Sandy.

    Northeast lawmakers hoping to push a $50.7 billion Hurricane Sandy aid package through the House face roadblocks by fiscal conservatives seeking offsetting spending cuts to pay for recovery efforts.

  • Here's What New York State's New Gun Law Would Do Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 11:08 AM ET

    New York State already had what was considered the nation's toughest gun-control law. Here are provisions in a sweeping new bill expected to be approved by the Legislature on Tuesday afternoon.

  • NRA Rolls Out Shooting App on Apple's iPad, iPhone Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 10:45 AM ET
    NRA: Practice Range

    The NRA has launched a free mobile application for Apple's iPhone and iPad that allows users to shoot at targets with various types of guns, including assault weapons.

  • Fitch Warns of US Downgrade Over Debt Fight Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 6:10 AM ET

    Failure to raise the debt ceiling within a "timely" manner would see the United States' sovereign ratings put under formal review with "highly uncertain" consequences, rating agency Fitch warned U.S. policymakers Tuesday.

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