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A Senator's Surprising Inauguration Shout-Out Probably Wasn't So Surprising

Lamar Alexander, the Republican senator from Tennessee, and Alex Haley, the author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, were close friends and native Tennesseans.

In Second Inaugural, Obama Makes Climate A Priority

President Obama pulled out a surprise in his inaugural address. After barely mentioning climate change in his campaign, he put it on his short list of priorities for his second term. Experts believe he'll use the EPA to ramp up efforts to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants.

Bloomberg Puts Millions Behind Gun Control Push

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has emerged as a new leader in the gun debate in recent years. He's utilizing a group of mayors and a superPAC in a campaign against gun violence.

Obama's Second Inaugural Address Didn't Win Over Many Republicans

Many Republicans were hoping for something akin to the president's 2004 convention speech where he talked about there being no red America or blue America but the United States of America.