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2002 Authorization for Military Force in Iraq

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October 11, 2002
As President Obama asks Congress for authority to fight the Islamic State, we look back at the 2002 authorization for military force in Iraq.
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Fighting to Repeal Obamacare

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January 21, 2011
In the nearly five years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives has voted over 50 times to repeal or defund all or part of the law.
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Janet Reno: The First Female Attorney General

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March 12, 1993
Confirmation hearings began Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General. If confirmed, Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, would be the first African American woman to hold the post of top law enforcement officer.
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Romney's 2nd Run for the White House

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June 3, 2011
As the jockeying for the 2016 presidential primary begins, all signs point to a third run for 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor first ran in 2008 but lost the Republican nomination to Sen. John McCain. Romney is promising GOP donors he'll run a different campaign this time against likely Republican candidates Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and others. But is the third time really the charm? We look back in the Washington Week Vault to June 2011, the beginning of Romney's second run for president. As The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny said then, "He’s taking a completely different approach or sort of a different approach in this second time around." What lessons will Romney take from his two previous campaigns as he considers yet another run?
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Opposition to Boehner as Speaker

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January 4, 2013
As the 114th Congress is sworn in and John Boehner runs for a third term as speaker, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to the beginning of the last Congress. Fresh off an eleventh-hour vote to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, Speaker Boehner faced his first opposition to reelection -- receiving only three votes more than the necessary 217. Twelve Republicans broke ranks to cast their votes for another candidate or no one at all. This year, Speaker Boehner is once again expected to lose some Republican votes, but with a larger margin in the House, he can lose nearly 30 GOP votes and still be reelected speaker.
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Changing Demographics of Congress

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November 6, 1992
When the new Congress is sworn in next week, for the first time ever it will start the session with more than 100 women. While this is a milestone, the number is only a slight increase from the last Congress. We look back in the Washington Week Vault to post-election 1992 and the demographics of the incoming 103rd Congress. During the so-called "Year of the Woman," Congress saw the largest year-over-year increase in women members ever. The Senate tripled the number of women from two to six. Carol Moseley Braun became the first black woman elected to the Senate, and California became the first state to be represented by two female Senators. The same election saw 19 new Hispanics and African Americans elected. As U.S. News and World Report's Gloria Borger said on Washington Week, Congress had "finally adjusted itself to the demographic realities of our world."
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Loosening Restrictions on Cuba

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April 17, 2009
In April 2009, the Obama administration eased economic sanctions and loosened travel restrictions for Cuban Americans hoping to visit family on the island nation only 90 miles off the Florida coast.
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From the Vault: 2010 Midterm "Shellacking"

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November 5, 2010
Tuesday's midterm elections proved to be a good night for Republicans who gained control of the Senate by wide margins in many states. Four years ago during the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans had another good night when they took control of the House of Representatives. At the time, President Obama called the loss for Democrats a "shellacking." In a post-election press conference Wednesday, the president said Republicans "had a good night." Now that he is facing a Congress completely controlled by the opposing party, what -- if anything -- will get done in his final two years in office?
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From the Vault: 2006 Midterm Elections

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November 10, 2006
We look back to another midterm election in November 2006 when Republicans lost control of Congress with an unpopular second-term president, George W. Bush, still in office.