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  • The Supreme Court will hear arguments in late March in a pair of cases challenging laws that define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

  • Get Ready: US May Hit Debt Ceiling by Mid-February Monday, 7 Jan 2013 | 1:40 PM ET

    After the "fiscal cliff" the big buzz word is "debt ceiling" and new research shows the US could hit that ceiling in just over a month.

  • Obama: Hagel Can Make 'Tough Fiscal Choices' at DoD Monday, 7 Jan 2013 | 1:40 PM ET
    President Obama nominates former Sen. Chuck Hagel (left) as secretary of defense and John Brennan as CIA chief.

    President Obama nominated Chuck Hagel as defense secretary -- calling him "the leader our troops deserve" and a man who could make "tough fiscal choices" in a time of increasing austerity.

  • Why Immigration Reform May Happen This Year Monday, 7 Jan 2013 | 11:25 AM ET
    Latinos and immigrants participate in a rally on immigration reform

    A long-awaited overhaul of U.S. immigration law has a good chance of happening this year, bringing major changes to the millions of people living here illegally—and perhaps giving the economy a boost.

  • Nancy Pelosi

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi are clashing over the prospect of another round of tax increases on the wealthy.

  • Tax Code May Be Most Progressive Since 1979 Saturday, 5 Jan 2013 | 8:52 AM ET
    Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell speak to the media at the White House in November 2012.

    With 2013 bringing tax increases on the incomes of a small sliver of the richest Americans, the top earners now face a heavier tax burden than at any time since 1979.

  • Congress OKs Sandy Aid Over Conservative Opposition Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 2:52 PM ET
    A destroyed home is viewed along the beach in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of New York City.

    Rejecting conservative opposition, Congress approved a $9.7 billion aid package for victims of super storm Sandy on Friday after a near mutiny by East Coast Republicans against House Speaker John Boehner.

  • Post Office Looks to New Congress for Deliverance Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 2:00 PM ET
    U.S. Postal Service

    The former occupants of Capitol Hill didn't deliver, so the cash-strapped Postal Service now turns to the newly sworn-in Congress for help in avoiding its own "fiscal cliff."

  • White House to GOP: Don't Play With Dynamite on Debt Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 12:50 PM ET
    Alan Krueger

    The White House warned Friday that Congress should avoid "playing with dynamite" in what's shaping up as the next "cliff" battle -- increasing the nation's debt ceiling.

  • Timothy Geithner

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's plans to leave near the end of January put the White House in a tricky spot, depriving the Obama administration of its longest-serving economic adviser for its next fiscal showdown with Congress.

  • Boehner Re-Elected Speaker as New Congress Convenes Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 3:49 PM ET
    Nancy Pelosi stands with House Speaker John Boehner after presenting him with the gavel during the first session of the 113th Congress.

    Rep. John Boehner was re-elected House speaker on Thursday as the 113th Congress ushered in the new and the old -- dozens of eager freshmen determined to change Washington and the harsh reality of another stretch of bitterly divided government.

  • After bruising fights in GOP ranks over the "fiscal cliff" and aid for victims of super storm Sandy, Congress started a new session Thursday with Republicans more divided than ever.

  • For Taxpayers Making More Than $250,000, a New Math Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 7:08 AM ET

    Despite its well-publicized cutoff at incomes of $400,000 and up, the fiscal cliff deal could increase taxes on people making less.

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner

    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner made a U-turn on Wednesday to clear the way for approval of $60 billion in Superstorm Sandy relief by mid-January after drawing withering fire from fellow Republicans, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, for canceling an earlier vote.

  • Al Gore's Current TV Snapped Up by Al Jazeera Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 12:06 AM ET

    Al Jazeera said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States.

  • 'Nothing Really Has Been Fixed' by 'Cliff' Deal Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 4:23 PM ET

    An emergency deal reached after weeks of rancorous negotiations will keep the U.S. from driving off the "fiscal cliff," but higher taxes and continued political bickering in Washington threaten to shake the fragile economy well into 2013.

  • Chris Christie

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasted fellow Republican John Boehner and the GOP-controlled House on Wednesday, saying he was disgusted that Congress failed to approve emergency aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

  • Despite 'Cliff' Deal's Cuts, Your Taxes Are Going Up Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 12:25 PM ET

    While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013.

  • Like ‘Eating a You Know What Sandwich:’ Sen. Corker Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 9:27 AM ET
    Senator Bob Corker

    Republican Sen. Bob Corker told CNBC on Wednesday that voting for the deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" was like "eating a you know what sandwich."

  • House GOP Threw Us Off 'Hurricane Cliff': NY Dem Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 8:58 AM ET

    The Sandy aid bill should go to the House floor as the "first order of business" in the new Congress, Rep. Steve Israel said on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

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