President Obama started the first round of talks Friday about how to avoid fiscal calamity. He has been pushing to end Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, a plan strongly opposed by some House Republicans. But in the end, a deal with the House may come down to Speaker John Boehner and the president.
President Obama's critics say the September attack in Libya and the official response reflect poorly on his administration. While they focused on TV comments by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, David Petraeus' resignation from the CIA complicated the debate. Some — but not all — questions were answered in closed hearings this week.
President Obama hasn't even named his choice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who plans to step down at the end of this term. But there's already been a lot of heated rhetoric this week over one of the front-runners, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
Fiscal experts at a Washington forum didn't agree on whether the "fiscal cliff" could be avoided. But they generally agreed that there wasn't enough time before the end of the year to resolve all the complex tax and spending issues that needed to be dealt with.
The week after Election Day is full of surprises, with news of scandal enveloping top Gens. David Petraeus and John Allen. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney reflects on his loss and what he calls Obama's "gifts" to the electorate, while the president pledges not to overreach in his second term.
Residents of Seaside Heights, N.J., are coming home to survey the damage from Hurricane Sandy and make decisions about what to do next. The decision to rebuild isn't always straightforward. For many, it's as much emotional as it is financial.
Privacy groups and tech companies have been pushing for more protection for emails and other online personal information for years. They hope the FBI investigation into Gen. David Petraeus' email correspondence with Paula Broadwell will give their efforts new momentum.
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