President Obama listens as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington on Dec. 13, 2010. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday: Former U.S. Air Force Major Michael D. Almy (L) hugs House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, after she signed legislation repealing "don't ask, don't tell." It's now on the president's desk, awaiting his signature today. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (at left), R-TN, in the Capitol on Monday. He will vote to ratify the New START arms treaty with Russia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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START Ratification Could Be 'Defining Moment For Obama'

Passage will add to the things the president and Congress have been able to get done during the lame-duck session.

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Obama 'Itching For A Fight' On Taxes, But Not Yet

At a White House news conference, he fires back at critics who say he's given too much away to Republicans.

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