January 2013

Jan 25, 2013

U.S. Senate OKs Tweak to Filibuster Rules

By Susan Davis, USA Today

The Senate voted Thursday to alter its parliamentary rules to make it easier to move legislation and judicial nominations through the chamber.

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Obama Shakes Up White House as He Names Chief of Staff

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

President Obama plans to shake up his White House staff on Friday, installing a new team largely made up of familiar faces moved to different positions as he gears up for an intense push on sweeping legislation early in his second term.

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Jan 24, 2013

After Investigation Clears Allen, White House to Proceed with NATO Nomination

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

The White House said Wednesday that it would move forward with the nomination of Gen. John R. Allen as the top NATO commander now that he has been cleared of wrongdoing in connection with a series of e-mails with a Florida socialite.

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GOP Plots Path Back to Power

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

With President Obama’s second inauguration still ringing in their ears, Republican national party leaders are hunkering down for three days of soul-searching.

The presidential election was the toughest, but not the last indignity. Congressional Republicans were backed into a corner during the negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff and forced to accept tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans. Still seeking leverage, GOP leaders are backing off a showdown over the debt ceiling. At Monday’s swearing-in, President Obama stuck it to the opposition party by laying out an unapologetically liberal agenda for the next four years.

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Ryan Says GOP Won’t Back Down on Spending Cuts

By Lori Montgomery, Washington Post

As House Republicans prepared to vote Wednesday on a plan to suspend the debt limit, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan made clear that the party is in no way abandoning its uncompromising approach to the budget battle with President Obama.

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House Passes Short-Term Debt-Limit Extension

By Susan Davis, USA Today

The U.S. House approved, 285-144, a bill to suspend the nation's $16.4 trillion debt ceiling through May 18 to avert a U.S. default on its legal obligations and buy Washington more time to negotiate budget priorities.

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Benghazi Hearing: A Rollout for 2016 Contenders?

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

It only took 48 hours after a presidential inauguration for the political discourse to shift into animated chatter about the next president, or at least conjecture about the candidates who might want the job.

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Hillary Clinton Testifies Before Congress

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

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Jan 23, 2013

Obama's Big Risk: The Words He Didn't Say

By John F. Harris and Alexander Burns, Politico

Barack Obama’s foes, in candid moments, will often acknowledge that his most impressive trait is self-confidence. He has a sense of his own destiny, and an inner poise to keep focused on it even amid setback and distraction.

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House to Vote Wednesday on Plan to Suspend Debt Limit Until May

By Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post

House Republicans are advancing a novel plan to suspend enforcement of the federal debt limit through May 18, a move that would lift the threat of a government default and relieve the air of crisis that has surrounded their budget battle with President Obama.

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Democrats Grumbling About Obama Lobbying Shop

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

Even as Democrats relish President Obama’ second inauguration, some party leaders are worried about whether the campaign’s decision to form its own advocacy group will hamstring future generations of Democratic candidates.

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In New Term, First Year Is Crucial for Obama Agenda

By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times

The Constitution may promise President Obama another four years in the White House, but political reality calls for a far shorter time frame: he has perhaps as little as a year to accomplish his big-ticket goals for a second term.

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