December 19, 2012 While negotiations go on behind the scenes, the two sides continue to talk in public about problems they have with each other's ideas.
December 19, 2012 Others on the "short list" included Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Do you agree with Time's choice or would you have chosen someone else?
December 18, 2012 The president has long said he's in favor of reinstating the ban. In the wake of Friday's mass shooting at a school in Connecticut, he has now publicly given his support to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein's effort to ban such weapons.
December 17, 2012 Citing sources close to the debt talks, both the New York Times and The Associated Press are reporting that President Obama has delivered a new offer to House Speaker John Boehner to resolve the fiscal crisis.
December 15, 2012 "We have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this. Regardless of the politics," President Obama says in his weekly address.
December 14, 2012 "It would not make sense" for the federal government to make prosecuting recreational users in states that have decriminalized marijuana a top priority, the president tells ABC News.
December 13, 2012 With U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawing her name from secretary of state consideration Thursday, attention turned to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as a possible successor to Hillary Clinton. And that would have repercussions on Capitol Hill and in Massachusetts.
December 13, 2012 President Obama hosted House Speaker John Boehner Thursday, spending nearly an hour together in which they discussed ways to avert the looming "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax hikes that will arrive at the end of 2012. Boehner left the White House at 6 p.m., apparently without reaching a deal.
December 12, 2012 Despite his re-election and bolstered Democratic numbers in Congress, President Obama has far from a free hand to make a comprehensive deal with House Speaker John Boehner that would include cuts to entitlement programs. Strong resistance to that notion is coming from the political left — and with a warning.
December 11, 2012 The announcement, which was made on ABC, grants new legitimacy to the rebel coalition and marks a new phase in U.S. efforts against the Assad regime. Britain, France, Turkey and several Gulf Arab nations have already recognized the coalition as effectively being a government in exile.
December 11, 2012 The offer from the speaker follows his remarks on the House floor in which he said the White House was slow-walking the process. Unless a deal is reached, automatic across-the-board spending cuts and sweeping tax increases are scheduled to go into effect at the first of the year.
December 10, 2012 After President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's face-to-face meeting, there's talk about an agreement soon being struck. But every such analysis also comes with many caveats.
December 9, 2012 The closed-door meeting between the two men may be the first positive signs in days that negotiations may be moving forward. Meanwhile, a top Republican said Senate Republicans could agree to higher taxes on the richest Americans if it meant getting a chance to overhaul entitlement programs.
December 6, 2012 As House Speaker John Boehner tries to work with President Obama to prevent automatic tax increases and spending cuts, he is taking heat from members of his own party. Some conservatives think he gave up too much, too soon in his opening offer.
December 3, 2012 Brinkmanship has long been a mainstay in Washington politics, and so it is still. Which is why it might be too early to give up hope that President Obama and congressional Republicans can reach a "fiscal cliff" deal despite how far apart the sides were Monday.