President Obama shakes hands with his nominee to head the Defense Department, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, at the White House on Jan. 7. John Brennan, Obama's choice for director of the CIA, looks on. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Cabinet Picks Show A Shift In How U.S. Wages War

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Departure Of Guantanamo Head Means Detention Center May Not Close Anytime Soon

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Obama Focuses On Togetherness In Inaugural Address

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Inauguration Day's Symbolism And Substance

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Obama, Biden Take Oaths On Sunday

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President Obama gives his first inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2009. Ron Edmonds/AP hide caption

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Speechwriters: After Bland First Inaugural, Second Is Tougher For Obama

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Obama: Gun-Control Measures No Substitute For Action From Congress

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Obama To Unveil Gun Control Plans

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Obama Warns Of Dangerous Consequences If Debt Limit Isn't Raised

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Biden Meets With Video Game Makers To Discuss Gun Violence

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Biden's Gun Violence Recommendations Could Include Expanded Background Checks

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Vice President Joe Biden leads the first meeting of the working group to explore solutions following the Newtown shooting with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and other law enforcement leaders on Dec. 20. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Often Written Off, Biden Has Long List Of Deals To His Name

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Fiscal Cliff Deal Includes Breaks For Tuna Canneries, Rum Makers

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"I'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time," the president said after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Obama: 'The American People Are Watching What We Do Here'

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