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  • Republican governors are moving to cut income taxes, including proposals that would increase reliance on state sales taxes, setting up ambitious experiments in tax reform that could shape what is possible on a national level.

  • Timothy Geithner

    To many, Geithner deserves credit for helping steady the banking system and helping restore investor confidence. Yet his toughest critics say his policies consistently favored big banks over struggling Americans.

  • Senate Leaders in Deal to (Sort of) Muzzle Filibusters Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 | 4:07 PM ET
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    The Senate's senior Democrat and Republican reached a tentative agreement to impose modest limits on the filibuster, the delaying tactic that minority parties have long used to kill legislation and was immortalized in the film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

  • Obama Picks Mary Jo White to Lead SEC Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 | 2:45 PM ET
    President Obama with Mary Jo White and Richard Cordray.

    President Obama nominated Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, tapping an attorney with broad experience in prosecuting white-collar crimes to lead an agency that has a central role in implementing Wall Street reform.

  • Washington Takes to Google to Reach Public Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 | 8:06 AM ET

    It's not one of FDR's Fireside Chats, it's an Obama "Fireside Hangout."

  • House Votes to Suspend Debt Ceiling Until May Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 1:29 PM ET

    With tacit support from President Barack Obama, the GOP-controlled House approved an extension of the debt ceiling Wednesday, heading off an economy-rattling fiscal crisis for at least four months.

  • Hillary Clinton Clashes With GOP Senator     Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 10:45 AM ET

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds vehemently to Sen. Ron Johnson's (R-WI) allegation that the State Department misled the American public on the embassy attack in Libya. (1:03)

  • Don't Forget to Take These Tax Deductions and Credits Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 10:24 AM ET

    Taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief after crucial credits and deductions were extended. Now, what were they again?

  • Sen. Toomey: 'Senate Doesn't Function'     Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 7:50 AM ET

    Sen. Pat Toomey, (R-PA), weighs in on the House vote today on the debt ceiling and explains why he would like to see offsetting spending cuts.

  • GOP Moves to Suspend Debt Ceiling Until May Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 | 8:44 PM ET

    House Speaker John Boehner indicated Tuesday that Republicans will vote on an extension of the federal debt ceiling to allow Treasury to borrow money until mid-May. The move would reverse the order of a series of expected debt and spending fights in Washington, an effort designed to put the GOP on more sound political footing.

  • Vigil outside the Supreme Court at last year's anniversary of Roe v. Wade decision.

    As the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade takes place Tuesday, a majority of Americans – for the first time – believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • House to Vote on 'No Budget, No Pay' Wednesday Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 | 8:53 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner

    House Republican leaders have scheduled a vote on Wednesday on a nearly four-month extension of U.S. borrowing capacity.

  • Obama Lays Out Battle Plan as He Launches Second Term Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 | 6:59 AM ET
    President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    A confident President Barack Obama kicked off his second term on Monday with an impassioned call for a more inclusive America that rejects partisan rancor and embraces immigration reform, gay rights and the fight against climate change.

  • President Obama: We Are Not 'Nation of Takers'     Monday, 21 Jan 2013 | 12:02 PM ET

    In this excerpt from his Second Inaugural Address, President Obama defends the "commitments we make to each other - through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security." (1:31)

  • 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.

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