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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."

Divine Rhetoric: God In The Inaugural Address

George Washington invoked the Almighty, but the word "God" wasn't used in an inaugural address until James Monroe. Since then, few presidents have missed the opportunity to put God in their inaugural speeches.

Debt Limit? What Debt Limit?

House Republicans agreed to a short-term increase in the debt limit, but their proposal does a whole lot more than that.

Stonewall? Explaining Obama's Historic Gay-Rights Reference

President Obama made history in his inaugural address when he mentioned Stonewall in the same breath as Selma, the Alabama town considered the birthplace of the black-rights movement, and Seneca Falls, the upstate New York site of the first women's-rights convention.

Obama Overseas: Speak Loudly And Carry A Smaller Stick

The president has made clear his desire for an end to more than a decade of "perpetual war." He has readily used drone strikes and other military tools to fight terrorism, but he appears to have no appetite for lengthy conflicts that would require sizable troop deployments.

White House 'Welcomes' House Vote On Extending Debt Limit

Republicans, who control the House, plan to vote Wednesday on a debt limit extension that's tied to a call on the Senate to pass a budget that includes cuts in spending.

'We Have No Choice': A Story Of The Texas Sonogram Law

Journalist Carolyn Jones wrote about her experience with the law for The Texas Observer after having an abortion last year. The state requires that a woman seeking an abortion receive a sonogram at least 24 hours before the procedure.