January 2013

Jan 23, 2013

House Gears Up to Vote on Temporary Debt Ceiling Hike

By Susan Davis, USA Today

House Republicans are scheduled to vote Wednesday to extend the nation's $16.4 trillion debt limit as the opening salvo in a renewed battle this year to pass a federal budget and reduce the debt.

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Jan 22, 2013

VP Biden on Relationship with Pres. Obama: "We're Totally Simpatico."

With Gloria Borger, CNN

CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger sat down for an exclusive interview with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. In his first network interview since the election, Vice President Biden spoke with Borger about the administration’s key agenda items in the second term, his relationship with the president and his role going forward.

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One for the History Books

By Todd S. Purdum, Vanity Fair

It wasn’t quite the same as four years ago.

Then, I was so intimidated by the giant crowds that I walked all the way from Georgetown to my seat at the West Front of the Capitol. Today, I drove to Union Station, three blocks away, and found a spot in the parking garage, which can be tough to do on an ordinary weekday.

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Political Tensions Set Aside for Bipartisan Luncheon

By Susan Davis, USA Today

Partisan rancor presides over Washington, but for a few fleeting hours on Inauguration Day, bipartisan comity takes over as official Washington breaks bread — literally, as Vice President Biden would say — for the inaugural luncheon held for more than a century.

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Obama Offers Liberal Vision: ‘We Must Act’

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

Barack Hussein Obama ceremonially opened his second term on Monday with an assertive Inaugural Address that offered a robust articulation of modern liberalism in America, arguing that “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”

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Obama Speech Reveals a Different Leader

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post

President Obama has never lacked for confidence, but rarely has that attribute been on display as clearly as on Monday in an inaugural address that underscored the distance he has traveled after four contentious years in office.

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Obama’s Political Speech

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

In 2009, Barack Obama’s inauguration was a civil rights turning point. In his 2013 inaugural address, he sang the song of America's civil rights progress. He talked about how the growing support for the rights of women, African-Americans, and gays affirmed the essential promise in the Declaration of Independence. At a time when Washington seems so tiny you could fit it into your pocket, he asked everyone to look up from their Twitter feed to see how much had changed around them.

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Jan 18, 2013

Movement of Missiles by North Korea Worries U.S.

By David E. Sanger and Thomas Shanker, The New York Times

The discovery by American intelligence agencies that North Korea is moving mobile missile launchers around the country, some carrying a new generation of powerful rocket, has spurred new assessments of the intentions of the country’s young new leader, Kim Jong-un, who has talked about economic change but appears to be accelerating the country’s ability to attack American allies or forces in Asia, and ultimately to strike across the Pacific.

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The Education of Steven Chu

By Coral Davenport, National Journal

The imminent departure of Energy Secretary Steven Chu highlights the political struggle President Obama has faced in trying to enact even a portion of the sweeping clean-energy and climate change agenda he envisioned when he ran for the White House in 2008.

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113th Congress: One of the Most Inexperienced in History

By Susan Davis, USA Today

Unproductive and unpopular are two words most often used to describe the previous Congress, but a new description can be used for the new session: inexperienced.

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Earl Smith is the Man Behind a Military Patch that President Obama Prizes

By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post

That February morning in 2008 found Barack Obama decidedly out of sorts. He was locked in one battle with Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination that showed no signs of ending — and another with a vicious cold that felt the same way.

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Four More Years

By Todd S. Purdum, Vanity Fair

At a president’s second inauguration, there is “less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first,” as Abraham Lincoln so famously put it 148 years ago. Lincoln’s own speech on that Saturday, March 4, 1865, went on to become the nonpareil of second inaugurals, its stirring conclusion—“with malice toward none, with charity for all”—carved in stone and echoing through the ages.

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