January 7, 2013 President Obama wants Nebraska Republican Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon. Hagel's confirmation would put four men with close ties from their Senate days at the center of the nation's foreign policy and national security policymaking. And that's something Obama is willing to fight for.
January 7, 2013 The president is moving to fill two key posts on his national security team. If confirmed, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (a Republican) would lead the Pentagon. John Brennan, the president's counterterrorism adviser, would be at the Central Intelligence Agency.
January 6, 2013 President Obama will on Monday name former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel to be his next defense secretary, an administration official confirmed to NPR. Hagel's past comments on Iran, Israel and gays have come under scrutiny.
January 5, 2013 The framers of the Constitution didn't spell out all the responsibilities of the speaker of the House. In practice, one of those duties has been engaging in one-on-one negotiations with a president on important policy issues. But John Boehner says no more — even with new fiscal fights looming.
January 4, 2013 At a joint session of Congress, the Electoral College votes from each state were read aloud.
January 3, 2013 By letting the House take up the Senate's fiscal cliff-dodging legislation that raises income tax rates on the wealthiest earners, Speaker John Boehner answered affirmatively a question that had been on many minds: Would he allow an up-or-down floor vote on a bill opposed by most fellow House Republicans?
January 2, 2013 With the president in Hawaii and the bill back in Washington, D.C., a machine did the signing. That's been done before, and was declared to be legal by President George W. Bush's lawyers.
January 1, 2013 The compromise deal, which was approved by the Senate earlier Tuesday, stops large tax increases for 99 percent of Americans and delays massive spending cuts for two months. The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law.
December 31, 2012 Vice President Joe Biden was meeting late Monday with Senate Democrats to brief them on a proposed deal to stop the sharp tax increases and spending cuts. The Senate may vote on the deal Monday night, but there will be no vote in the House until Tuesday at the earliest.
December 29, 2012 It was hardly the first time the president had been standing at the White House briefing room podium, asking lawmakers to finally, before time runs out, agree to his plan or cut a deal, and spare the world some gratuitous economic pain.
December 27, 2012 President Obama has returned to Washington. The Senate is back in session. House Republicans have said they're willing to talk. But with just a few days to go, both sides are saying the other will be at fault if automatic tax hikes and spending cuts aren't averted.
December 21, 2012 One week ago, 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Also today: The National Rifle Association holds a news conference; President Obama says hundreds of thousands have signed petition seeking "serious steps" to end gun violence. and the first lady writes to Newtown.
December 20, 2012 As the outlines of a deal have taken shape, both sides have been trying to show supporters that they're hanging tough. So today's vote on a GOP plan could be a bit of political theater that helps push the federal government over that so-called cliff and an important step toward compromise.
December 19, 2012 With the so-called fiscal cliff looming, President Obama argued Wednesday that he's gone "at least halfway" in meeting Republicans' demands. Now, he said, some in the GOP may just be resisting a deal because they find it hard to "say yes to me."
December 19, 2012 He will push those proposals "without delay," President Obama pledged today. In the wake of Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, the president repeated that he will "use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts to prevent more tragedies."