Sen. Jon Tester Decries Citizens United's Impact In Montana, Nationally
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Was The Stimulus Package 'Money Well Spent'?
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President Obama delivers last year's State of the Union Address on Jan. 25, 2011. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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What To Expect From 2012 State Of The Union
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Secretaries Of State At Center Of Election Battles
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Botox Tax Goes Under The Knife In New Jersey
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President Obama was slow off the mark in his first year, making fewer nomination than his predecessors, according to a Brookings Institution report. But the amount of time needed to win confirmation once nominations have been made has also risen dramatically. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Obama Ratchets Up Campaign Against Congress
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Obama Appoints Cordray To Head Watchdog Agency
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses journalists at EU headquarters in Brussels in December. It's possible that European leaders will come up with ways to manage the region's debt crisis in the new year, but the worst case scenarios are dire. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama walks onstage Dec. 22 to urge members of Congress to vote on a short-term compromise that extended the payroll tax cut. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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After A Year of Struggles, Obama Finds His Footing
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