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Obama Moves Forward On New Gun Legislation

President Barack Obama said that gun control would be a "central issue" in his second term on Wednesday. He also announced that Vice President Joe Biden will head up a panel that will offer proposals by mid-January to curb gun violence. The announcement, however, turned to an impromptu press conference, in which the president pivoted to questions about the fiscal cliff. He said the events in Newtown, Conn., should "give us some perspective" on the debate and urged quick action in Congress.

Robert Bork's Supreme Court Nomination 'Changed Everything, Maybe Forever'

Known as a charming and witty man in private, Bork, who died Wednesday, was dour and humorless in his Senate confirmation hearings, and his answers seemed to play into the stereotype liberals painted of a man who cared little for the public. His Senate rejection changed the way future nominees have testified.

Boehner: House Will Pass 'Plan B' Fiscal Cliff Legislation

With days ticking down to the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts deadline, President Obama took his case to the American public again on Wednesday — and House Republicans were not happy about it. House Speaker John Boehner responded with a statement that barely lasted a minute as the House prepared to vote on competing plans to avert the tax hikes but which do not address the spending cuts.

What Are The Odds Of Gun Control Changes?

Given President Obama's embrace of the issue, there appears to be no doubt that Congress will debate gun control legislation in the coming year. Its chances for passage depend largely on the present mood of outrage sustaining itself for months to come.

Let Teachers Carry Guns? Some State Lawmakers Say Yes

Proponents make the case that shootings such as Friday's in Newtown, Conn., could be prevented or stopped if teachers with permits to carry concealed weapons could bring their handguns to school.

'Take Me Out Of It,' President Urges GOP, And 'Take The Deal'

With the so-called fiscal cliff looming, President Obama argued Wednesday that he's gone "at least halfway" in meeting Republicans' demands. Now, he said, some in the GOP may just be resisting a deal because they find it hard to "say yes to me."

Obama Asks Biden To Draft 'Concrete Proposals' On Guns By January

He will push those proposals "without delay," President Obama pledged today. In the wake of Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, the president repeated that he will "use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts to prevent more tragedies."

Three State Department Officials Resign Following Benghazi Report

The report on the Sept. 11 attack says that security was inadequate and depended heavily on local Libyan militias. It also criticized the State Department for ignoring requests for security upgrades.