President Obama during his news conference Tuesday at the White House.
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April 30, 2013 At a White House news conference, the president was asked about Syria, the Boston Marathon bombings, new gun laws, the Guantanamo Bay detention center and other subjects. He made the case that despite some setbacks, he'll still get some important things done in his second term.
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April 26, 2013 The Senate passed the legislation on Thursday. President Obama will sign it, the White House says. This means the FAA will be able to shift funds so that the number of air traffic controllers on duty no longer needs to be reduced in order to satisfy sequestration.
Former first lady Barbara Bush in March 2012.
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April 25, 2013 On the day her son George's presidential library is being dedicated, she tells Today that Jeb is "by far the best-qualified man," but that another Bush presidential run might be one too many.
Left to right: Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) as they unveiled their plan on background checks of gun purchasers.
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April 15, 2013 As the Senate prepares to vote on gun legislation, there are more mixed signals on what will be the fate of a bipartisan plan concerning background checks of gun purchasers.
Former President George W. Bush, as he delivered a tribute at the funeral for pianist Van Cliburn last month in Fort Worth, Texas.
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April 15, 2013 In a long interview with The Dallas Morning News, the former president says that "nobody likes to be criticized all the time," but that he made the right decisions based on the information he had at the time.
April 11, 2013 Supporters rounded up more than enough votes to block a bid by some Republicans to filibuster the package. The legislation appears headed for a vote sometime next week.
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., at a Brooklyn Nets basketball game in November 2012.
April 10, 2013 Brought down by a sexting scandal nearly two years ago, the former congressman is considering a run for mayor of New York City. In a long New York Times Magazine report, Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, talk about the scandal, their marriage and the odds against a successful comeback.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
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April 9, 2013 On the tape, the senator and his aides purportedly discuss potential opponent Ashley Judd and what personal issues they might use against her. A McConnell aide says the campaign's offices may have been bugged and accuses the "far left" of "Nixonian tactics."
This AR-15 style weapon was on display in March at the 7th annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix, Ariz. It's among the type of weapons that advocates of new gun laws want to see banned.
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April 8, 2013 As the Senate prepares to take up Democratic-sponsored gun legislation, there's a report of a possible bipartisan deal on background checks for gun buyers. But other reports indicate that the gridlock over guns is likely to continue.
Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina after his 24+ hour filibuster in 1957. He was a Democrat then. Later, Thurmond would switch to the Republican Party.
March 7, 2013 In 1957, Sen. Strom Thurmond prepared for his filibuster against civil rights legislation with steam baths — to become dehydrated so he wouldn't need a bathroom break. He got at least one chance to relieve himself, however. This week, Sen. Rand Paul gave up when nature's call became too urgent.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., gave a thumbs-up Wednesday night after he and other GOP senators had dinner with President Obama.
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March 7, 2013 The president dined Wednesday with Republicans. He has lunch today with the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee. Next week: More discussions with Republicans over a meal.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., during his filibuster.
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March 7, 2013 The senator said he "would speak, until I can no longer speak," and he hit that wall early Thursday. His goal was to get the Obama administration to pledge it won't use drone attacks against American citizens on U.S. soil. He's put a bright spotlight on the issue.
The White House: When night falls, it looks like the "sequester" will arrive.
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March 1, 2013 Once again lawmakers are up against a deadline. This time, it looks like they won't strike some sort of deal. That means about $85 billion worth of spending cuts will start to spread across many federal agencies.
Will the clouds part, the sun shine and a sequester solution be found?
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February 28, 2013 Friday's deadline looms and "oh, it's gonna happen," says one Republican congressman. We continue to scour news outlets for stories that help make sense of the sequester.
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The U.S. Capitol, as seen from the nearby Russell Senate Office Building.
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February 26, 2013 As Friday's deadline approaches, we're pointing to stories that should help everyone get ready. Today's choices: "Sequester, never heard of it;" "when will the cuts be felt;" and "is Obama telling the truth?"
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