Janet Yellen, vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, is under consideration to become the first woman to lead the Fed. President Obama reportedly is likely to choose between Yellen and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers. Franck Robichon/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Texas, where abortion-rights battles took place in July at the state capitol, is part of an eight-state region that has gotten more conservative on the issue. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Despite a Supreme Court ruling that gutted a key part of the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric Holder wants a court to use another section of the 1965 law to require Texas to get the federal government's approval before changing its voting laws. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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President Obama will take a swing at changing the dynamics in Washington's fiscal debates in a series of speeches about the economy. But his odds of striking out are high. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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President Obama tackled race head-on in his first on-camera response to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (left) and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, both Republicans, made a watchdog group's list of bad governors that has a very disproportionate GOP skew. Ronda Churchill/AP hide caption

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President Obama has enough problems with Congress without waving the red cape of a presidential amnesty to immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Univision screen shot hide caption

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The Affordable Care Act's foes have long had a simpler message than its supporters. The postponement of the law's employer mandate continues that trend. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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