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The Accomplishments, Shortcomings Of Obama's First Term

President Obama will be officially sworn in and begin his second term as the 44th President of the United States on Jan. 20. As Washington gears up for Inauguration Day, people across the country and the world are reflecting on what was gained and lost during Obama's first term.

In News Conference, Obama Calls For Raising Debt Ceiling

On Monday, President Obama repeated his call to Congress to raise the U.S. Treasury's borrowing limit.

Guantanamo Bay Still Unresolved

President Obama is a week away from getting sworn into a second term in office — but he still has plenty of unfinished business. Four years ago, he vowed to shut down the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the facility is still up and running. Host Michel Martin discusses what's next for Guantanamo.
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Analysis: Republican Threats Of Government Shutdown Continue

Lawmakers are facing a number of pressing issues, including debates about extending the debt ceiling and funding the federal government, says CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings.


Lawmaker Plans Bill To Lift Immunity For Gun Manufacturers And Dealers

"Good gun companies don't need special protection from the law," says Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. The National Rifle Association, though, calls the law that gives companies immunity from most negligence and product liability lawsuits "vitally important" to the gun industry.

Obama: I Will Not Let Deficit Talks Be Tied To Another Debt Ceiling Debate

The president again laid down his position on what's expected to be the next bruising battle in Washington. He made the case that the borrowing limit has nothing to do with future spending. Republicans counter that there's no better time to debate spending.

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Region's Lawmakers Divided On Gun Control Recommendations

Vice President Joe Biden is due to present gun control recommendations to the president this week, but lawmakers in the D.C. region are as divided as Congress at large on what should be done.


Critics Decry Looser Rules For Inauguration Fundraising

President Obama has changed course from 2009, allowing bigger donations and corporate money. Advocates for overhauling campaign finance laws wonder what happened to the president's old pledge to change the way Washington works.