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From the Vault: NSA Domestic Surveillance

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With recent revelations about the National Security Agency's expansive data-collection efforts, we look in our vault to May 12, 2006, when our panelists discussed the fallout over a secret NSA program that tracked and saved a database of millions of phone calls during the Bush administration. The discussion – seven year ago—highlights an historic debate over how far the government should go in surveillance of Americans .

For Obama and Team, Calm, Not Crisis, in Latest Fiscal Battle

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President Obama is just seven days away from the first significant test of his second term as deep spending cuts loom, yet inside the White House a clear sense of confidence stands in contrast to the air of crisis that surrounded previous fiscal showdowns with Republicans.

Presidents’ Day with TIME’s Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

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Pecking at News Crumbs as Obama Feeds Anchors

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Wednesday at the White House, and not for the first time, I felt like a seagull . . . a flighty, familiar, noisy pest, flapping around the president’s press briefing room, picking up news crumbs from Wichita, Oklahoma City and San Francisco.

Clinton's 2nd Inaugural

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As the country prepares for President Obama's second term, we look into our vault to January 23, 1997 when President Bill Clinton had just been sworn into his second term, and our panelists examined his projected priorities and challenges.

Cliff notes: Would House Republicans actually vote for a "fiscal cliff" deal that would raise tax rates?

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President Obama is adamant that he will only agree to a “fiscal cliff” solution that raises tax rates on those making over $250,000. The Republicans in the majority in the House of Representatives are adamant that they will not vote for those tax increases—Speaker John Boehner chief among them. I asked a senior House leadership aide the what chances were that Boehner would be able to get a majority of Republicans to vote for a tax increase of any kind: “pretty close to zero.”

The Backstory: Evolution of the Obama Presidency

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As President Obama prepares to take the oath of office for the second time, Gwen Ifill talks with Helene Cooper, White House Correspondent for The New York Times to get the backstory on how President Obama has grown and evolved during his first term, how the American public's perception of him has changed over time, and his interesting relationship with journalists.

 

 

10 quotes that haunt President Obama

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Ahead in the polls, looking strong in key swing states: This must be exactly what Barack Obama dreamed his reelection campaign would look like, five weeks from Election Day and on the eve of the first debate.

Can Obama Overcome Job Numbers -- and History?

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When 8.3 percent of Americans are unemployed and an election is a little over three months away, it's a flat-out certainty that President Obama is going to have to defy some historical assumptions to find a path to victory.

Political Perceptions: Stepping Up to the Cliff

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This is what fiscal paralysis looks like. The U.S. government, the White House projected last week, will run a deficit of $1.2 trillion or 7.8% of the gross domestic product in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30.