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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's All Politics

For GOP, Obama's 'Very Ideological' Speech Not Wearing Well

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrives at President Obama's inauguration Monday on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, Ryan, who ran for vice president on the losing Republican ticket last year, said Obama's inaugural address showed a "proud and confident liberal progressive."

January 22, 2013 If President Obama's second inaugural speech did anything for conservatives, it was to reaffirm their suspicion of the president as an unreconstructed liberal. After a day of reflection, former vice presidential opponent Paul Ryan said it showed Obama as a "proud and confident liberal progressive."

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Inauguration 2013

Resolute Rhetoric: Obama's Confident Case For Government

President Obama delivers his second inaugural address Monday in Washington.

January 21, 2013 Though wrung of much of the drama of his historic first inauguration, President Obama's efficient, specific and, at times, soaring address outshone his first with allusions to Lincoln, King and Kennedy. Speech experts and presidential historians weigh in on Obama's words and delivery.

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'Aggressive' Obama Defends Entitlements, Highlights Social Issues

President Obama gives his inaugural address after taking the oath of office Monday.

January 21, 2013 President Obama began his second term with an unapologetically liberal inaugural address, calling on Americans to work together to preserve entitlements, address climate change and extend civil rights. Conservative and libertarian observers noted an "aggressive" approach to the speech.

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As It Happened: Obama Asks Americans To Carry 'Light Of Freedom'

President Obama taking the oath of office today on the steps of the Capitol. First Lady Michelle Obama held the two Bibles on which he placed his hand.

January 21, 2013 "Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness," he says. "But it does require us to act in our time."

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

It's All Politics

Inaugural Trivia Quiz

Barack Obama arrives at his 2009 inauguration to become  the 44th president of the United States.

January 20, 2013 How many presidents have chosen to affirm (rather than swear) to "faithfully execute the office ... "? Try your hand at inaugural trivia.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It's All Politics

Dear Mr. President: Tell Obama Your Priority For His Second Term

Audrey Camp from Oslo, Norway

January 16, 2013 In anticipation of Inauguration Day, NPR photographer Becky Lettenberger and producer Justine Kenin visited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to ask Americans: "What do you want President Obama to remember in his second term?"

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Inauguration 2013

Saying No To The Inauguration

A U.S. Capitol Police officer secures the area surrounding the west front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5 as preparations are under way for President Obama's second inauguration.

January 16, 2013 For some Americans, next week's inauguration is a time to protest, not celebrate, the beginning of a second term for President Obama.

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Friday, January 04, 2013

It's All Politics

Obama (Officially) Wins! Electoral College Votes Tallied Before Congress

Vice President Joe Biden shows the certificate of the Electoral College vote for Ohio to House Speaker John Boehner during a joint session of Congress on Friday.

January 4, 2013 On Friday, it was confirmed that President Obama won the election with 332 electoral votes tallied in his column. Of course this is old news. But the formal count mandated by the Constitution took place before a joint session of Congress, heavy on ceremony and light on attendance.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

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Not Your Father's (Or Mother's) Congress

Tulsi Gabbard joins Congress as a Democrat from Hawaii, a military veteran and at 31, one of the youngest members of the House.

December 31, 2012 Despite what has been called a status quo election, the 113th Congress will bring with it generational changes and some history, including the first all-female delegation for a state, and the fewest number of military veterans since World War II. Here are some of the noteworthy newcomers.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

The Two-Way

Romney Didn't Want To Run, Son Says

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Election Night in Boston, as he conceded the race to President Obama.

December 24, 2012 The 2012 Republican presidential nominee had to be convinced by his family to get into the race, his son tells the Boston Globe. "He wanted to be president less than anyone I've met in my life," Tagg Romney says.

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Friday, December 07, 2012

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Black, Latino Groups: It's Our Turn, Mr. President

The National Urban League's Marc Morial (center) joins other civic leaders speaking outside the White House after they met with President Obama last month.

December 7, 2012 After lifting President Obama to re-election, African-American and Hispanic advocacy groups want him to champion initiatives that will specifically benefit minorities.

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Most Expensive Presidential Campaign Ended In Sprint To Spend

Competing yard signs near Evans City, Pa., four days before the election. The campaigns of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each raised more than $1 billion during the race.

December 7, 2012 A campaign marked by money, fundraisers (including the infamous one that produced Mitt Romney's "47 percent" moment) and superPACs finished with spending sprees across the board, according to final campaign finance reports. In all, more than $2 billion was spent on the presidential race.

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Monday, December 03, 2012

It's All Politics

Obama And Boehner Are Still Far Apart On Fiscal Cliff, But Don't Panic — Yet

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on Nov. 16.

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.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's All Politics

Consolation Lunch? Romney Visits Obama

November 29, 2012 President Obama hosts Mitt Romney today for their first post-election visit. Yes, Obama did say that he hoped to "get ideas with him and see if there's some ways we can potentially work together." But is cooperation with a former political rival after such a bitter campaign really possible?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Two-Way

Romney To Have Lunch With Obama At The White House Thursday

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney the last time they got together, at their Oct. 22  presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla.

November 28, 2012 It will be the 2012 contenders' first meeting since the presidential election. President Obama had previously said he hoped to work with his Republican challenger on some issues.

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