With President Jimmy Carter watching, Benjamin Civiletti is sworn in by Chief Justice Warren Burger as U.S. attorney general on Aug. 16, 1979. The following year, Civiletti issued a legal opinion saying that federal work cannot go on until Congress agrees to pay for it. AP hide caption

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President Obama joins former President Clinton to talk about the health care law, during the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting Tuesday in New York. Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama gestures as he speaks to workers at the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant in Liberty, Mo., on Friday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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President Obama's speeches about Syria have at times seemed to reveal his own internal struggle on the topic. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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