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Congressional Showdown Over Debt Limit Could Happen Later Than Expected

As they broke from a three-day retreat in Williamsburg, Va., House leaders offered President Obama and the Senate a temporary three month increase of the debt ceiling. David Welna talks to Robert Siegel about the proposal.
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For Cartoonists Who Cover Obama: Four More Ears

Four years ago, when the nation's first African-American president was inaugurated, even conservative editorial cartoonists marked the moment with reverence. Now, not so much. Political cartoonists Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune and Matt Wuerker of Politico weigh in on the evolution of a president's image.
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N.Y. Governor Flexes Political Muscle To Pass Tough Gun Law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new gun control bill into law Tuesday, just days after delivering an impassioned speech on the need to pass the legislation. The popular governor has managed to translate his high approval ratings into a number of political victories. But some say Cuomo is just padding his resume for a future presidential bid.
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Former New Orleans Mayor Indicted On Federal Corruption Charges

New Orleans' former mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 federal corruption charges. Prosecutors say that for the past several years, Nagin has been involved in a bribery and kickback scheme. Russell Lewis talks to Audie Cornish.
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Obama's First Oath Of Office Remembered As Less Than Smooth

At Monday's inauguration, it may be assumed that President Obama is taking the oath of office for the second time. But it will actually be the fourth. Nina Totenberg talks to Robert Siegel.
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When To Act? The Dilemma In Every Hostage Crisis

The Algerian authorities moved quickly after hostages were taken at a gas plant in the Sahara desert. While details of that operation are still fuzzy, such actions are inherently risky.
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Obama's Campaign-Turned-Advocacy Group Raises Questions About Money

The Obama campaign, with its blockbuster fundraising lists, is being converted into a 501c4 advocacy group. In a video this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that Obama For America, the juggernaut campaign committee, is becoming Organizing For Action. The move raises controversial issues about the political uses of a tax-exempt group.
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Grand Jury Indicts Ray Nagin On Corruption Charges

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 counts of bribery and other corruption charges by a federal grand jury. When he became the city's mayor in 2002, Nagin, a former cable TV executive, promised to revive New Orleans' economy, and its trust in the city's government.

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