Potomac Curling Club members (from left) Miriam Terninko, Christopher Richard, Joe Rockenbach and Henrique Kempenich await the arrival of stones to the house during a match Jan. 18 at National Capital Curling Center in Laurel, Md. Jim Tuttle/NPR hide caption

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President Obama has alluded to his pen and his phone as two tools that help him act without waiting for congressional approval. Getty Images hide caption

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Katherine Hackett of Connecticut introduces President Barack Obama during a White House event on unemployment insurance Jan. 7. Hackett spoke about her financial struggles during unemployment before Obama put pressure on the House to extend benefits. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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First-place finisher Jessica Jerome competes in the women's ski jumping event at the U.S. Olympic trials in Park City, Utah, on Sunday. Jim Urquhart/AP hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, after talking to reporters on Capitol Hill this month. House Republicans openly revolted against the speaker several times in 2013. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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