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The Future Of The GOP

The Republican Party controls the House but has lost the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections. GOP efforts to position the party for future success.

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Olympia Snowe: "Fighting For Common Ground: How We Can Fix The Stalemate In Congress"

When Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, announced she would not seek re-election in 2012, she spoke of her frustration with political polarization. Now, in a new book, she lays out how lawmakers can find common ground.

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

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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Friday News Roundup - International

Conservatives lose ground in Israeli elections. The U.S. provides support to France in Mali. And Britain's prime minister promises an EU membership vote. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Resolute Rhetoric: Obama's Confident Case For Government

Though wrung of much of the drama of his historic first inauguration, Obama's efficient, specific and, at times, soaring address outshone his first with allusions to Lincoln, King and Kennedy, and commitments to the middle class, to equal rights for women and gay Americans, to action on climate change and immigration.
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In Address, Obama Highlights Equal Rights And Government's Role

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.
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Live Blog: President Obama's Second Inauguration

From the steps of the Capitol, the president will lay out his vision for the next four years. We're following the news of the day and posting updates as it happens.
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What Now? Obama Leads Polarized Government Into Second Term

Unlike with his first swearing-in, Barack Obama does not face two ongoing wars and an economy on the verge of collapse. But thorny issues remain, and there's less hope than there was four years ago that Obama can bend Washington to his will.
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Inaugural Trivia Quiz

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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Obama Takes Oath Of Office In White House Ceremony

Obama fulfilled the constitutional requirement to take the oath before noon on Jan. 20. He will repeat the oath in public on Monday.

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