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Obama’s Second Inaugural Address Confronts Familiar Challenges

Obama’s Second Inaugural Address Confronts Familiar Challenges

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — At the height of the “fiscal cliff” showdown, the final political battle of his first term, President Obama lamented the bitter persistence of Washington partisanship as “déjà vu all over again.”On Monday, as Obama…

A Prayer for the President and a Nation

A Prayer for the President and a Nation

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — When the Rev. Dr. Luis León delivers the benediction Monday at President Obama’s inauguration, his message will focus on uniting a divided nation.“My sense is that as a country we’re not …

Monday’s Inauguration Schedule

Monday’s Inauguration Schedule

Chris Dilts for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013(WASHINGTON) — This is the schedule of Monday’s inauguration of President Obama on the West Front of the Capitol.  The approximate times, all ET, come from the Joint Congressional Committee…

Obamas Share the Love, Even for First Lady’s Bangs

Obamas Share the Love, Even for First Lady’s Bangs

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama used the first public remarks of his second term to address what he called the “most significant” event of this weekend: his wife’s much-talked-about new haircut.&ldqu…

President Obama, Vice President Biden Sworn in for Second Term

President Obama, Vice President Biden Sworn in for Second Term

Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday officially embarked on their second term, taking the Constitutionally-mandated oath of office in two separate private ceremonies inside thei…

Eva Longoria: Immigration a ‘Broken System’

Eva Longoria: Immigration a ‘Broken System’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Award-winning actress and emerging Washington power player Eva Longoria said on “This Week” that immigration reform should be a top priority in President Obama’s second term.“People say, ‘Oh, get in t…

The Official and Unofficial Parties of Inauguration Weekend

The Official and Unofficial Parties of Inauguration Weekend

Southern Inaugural Ball on January 21, 2009. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — With the pomp and circumstance of the presidential inauguration come the parties, and for revelers this inaugural weekend, the official balls have been scaled down…

David Plouffe: Revenue Debate Not Over

David Plouffe: Revenue Debate Not Over

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — White House senior adviser David Plouffe said on Sunday that despite Republican warnings that the tax debate is over, President Obama would not accept a budget deal without additional revenue.“We are going to require some …

Inauguration 2013: President Obama, Vice President Biden Swearing In Ceremonies

Inauguration 2013: President Obama, Vice President Biden Swearing In Ceremonies

President Barack Obama is given the Oath of Office for a second time by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. in the Map Room of the White House 1/21/09. Official White House photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — While an estimated 800,000 people are expect…

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Urging Congress to Act on Stopping Gun Violence

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Urging Congress to Act on Stopping Gun Violence

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is enlisting the public’s help to urge lawmakers to act on his proposals to curb gun violence, telling Americans “it’s got to be up to you” to make a differ…

Presidents Bush to Skip Obama Inaugural

Presidents Bush to Skip Obama Inaugural

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former President George W. Bush does not plan to attend President Obama’s second inauguration on Monday, joining his father, former President George H.W. Bush, among the living former presiden…

Gun Store Owners React to Obama’s Firearms Proposal

Gun Store Owners React to Obama’s Firearms Proposal

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After President Obama proposed federal laws to require background checks for all gun purchases, reinstate a ban on some assault-style weapons, and other actions, gun store owners had mixed reactions when asked how…

Is It Constitutional for States to Say No to Obama Gun Proposals?

Is It Constitutional for States to Say No to Obama Gun Proposals?

The White House(WASHINGTON) — Even before President Obama laid out his gun control proposals on Wednesday, calling on Congress to act as well as signing executive orders, several states responded by saying they would try to block the enforcement of an…

White House Unveils Obama’s New Official Portrait

White House Unveils Obama’s New Official Portrait

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The White House released President Obama’s new official portrait on its Flickr page Friday morning.The photograph, taken by Pete Souza, shows the president smiling and standing in front of a desk …

Denis McDonough to Be Obama’s New Chief of Staff?

Denis McDonough to Be Obama’s New Chief of Staff?

The White House | Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough is the likely choice to be President Obama’s next chief of staff, replacing Jack Lew, who has been nominated to be Treasury Secretary.White House officia…

Several State Legislators Say No to Obama’s Gun Plan

Several State Legislators Say No to Obama’s Gun Plan

The White House(WASHINGTON) — No sooner had President Obama laid out his gun control proposals on Wednesday than some states responded, saying they would move to block the laws’ enforcement.  Some state legislators were even working feverishly to…

NRA President Defends Ad Attacking Obama, Vows ‘Battle’ Ahead

NRA President Defends Ad Attacking Obama, Vows ‘Battle’ Ahead

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In an interview with ABC News Wednesday evening, NRA President David Keene said the gun-rights lobby is aggressively preparing for “battle” with the White House and Congress over President Obama&…

Obama to Unveil Initiatives to Curb Gun Violence

Obama to Unveil Initiatives to Curb Gun Violence

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama will detail a broad plan on Wednesday to curb gun violence, setting the stage for what could be the largest Congressional battle over gun legislation in decades.Obama is reviewing the recomme…

Press Conferences Not Obama’s Cup of Tea

Press Conferences Not Obama’s Cup of Tea

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — While some critics complain President Obama spends too much of the government’s money, what he doesn’t spend is a lot of time giving press conferences.According to presidential scholar Martha Joynt Kumar, Ob…

Angered by Executive Orders, Rand Paul Compares Obama to a ‘King’

Angered by Executive Orders, Rand Paul Compares Obama to a ‘King’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Rand Paul is advising President Obama to quit acting “like a king or a monarch.”The Kentucky Republican was referring to reports that the president will use as many as 19 executive orders to implement ways of curbing gun vi…

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