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The Obama Administration : Burning Question
The Democratic senator from Massachusetts would reportedly prefer to be President Obama's secretary of state — though he may wind up leading the Defense Department instead.

Should John Kerry be Obama's next secretary of defense?

The former presidential candidate and Vietnam War vet is reportedly being considered for the post — even though he'd rather be secretary of state

 
The Obama Administration : Instant Guide
President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sept. 21: The two leaders have a notoriously chilly relationship.

Obama's second term: The case for an Arab-Israeli peace push

U.S. presidents almost always use their second terms to try and get Israelis and Palestinians to forge a lasting peace. They haven't succeeded yet

 
The Obama Administration : Analysis
The flood waters of Hurricane Sandy submerged this subterranean entrance to a building in southern Manhattan — and reignited the climate change debate.

Obama's second term: The case for new climate change laws

Hurricane Sandy brought a politically risky, backburner issue to the forefront of campaign 2012's final days. What now?

 
The Obama Administration : Fact Sheet
Smoke rises from the eastern Damascus suburb of Arbeen on Nov. 8, after a reported airstrike by a MIG fighter jet.

Obama's second term: The case for intervening in Syria

Syria is mired in a bloody civil war, and the conflict could spill over into the hot cauldron that is the Middle East

 
The Obama Administration : Analysis
Members of immigration rights organizations demonstrate in front of the White House on Nov. 8, calling on President Obama to fulfill his promise of passing comprehensive immigration reform. 

Obama's second term: The case for immigration reform

Thanks to historically high Latino turnout on Election Day, immigration reform might finally be an imperative for both parties

 
The Obama Administration : The List
The confetti has settled and the president has returned to D.C. where he has a lot of work to do.

Obama's second term: 3 pressing issues he'll face

Now that the election is over, the president is getting to work on his second-term agenda. What are the first big challenges on his plate?

 
The Obama Administration : Controversy
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on newly leaked Benghazi emails that reference an Islamist group's Facebook claims: "Posting something on Facebook is not in and of itself evidence."

Newly leaked Benghazi emails: A smoking gun?

Conservatives pounce after Reuters, CBS News, and other outlets release State Department emails sent during the Sept. 11 attack

 
The Obama Administration : Analysis
Hillary Clinton is suddenly dropping hints that she might be a member of a second-term Obama cabinet, after all.

Will Hillary Clinton stay on as secretary of state?

The eminently intriguing Democrat inspires a flurry of speculation after vaguely raising the possibility that she might stick around after all

 
The Obama Administration : Burning Question
Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, repeatedly asserted that the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack stemmed from a protest — which turns out to be incorrect.

New Benghazi revelations: Should Republicans lay off Susan Rice?

The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.N. ambassador was not privy to the latest intelligence before she said the attack stemmed from a riot

 
The Obama Administration : The List
During his U.N. speech on Sept. 25, President Obama addressed the Iran-Israel issue head on, saying: "The United States will do whatever we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

Obama's 'stirring but hollow' U.N. speech: 3 takeaways

In his last big international speech before Election Day, Obama addresses anti-U.S. rage in the Muslim world, and honors the late Ambassador Chris Stevens

 
The Obama Administration : Opinion Brief
Muslim protesters in Chennai, India, hold a caricature of President Obama during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam.

Is Obama's foreign policy failing in the Muslim world?

Obama still enjoys a political advantage over Mitt Romney on national security. But as violence grips the Mideast, the president is coming under new scrutiny

 
The Obama Administration : Fact Sheet
In his new book, The Price of Politics, Bob Woodward reveals that President Obama erupted in a "flash of pure fury" when House Speaker John Boehner bailed on a debt deal.

Bob Woodward's Price of Politics: 4 talking points

In a new book, the Washington Post's scoop machine reveals what went on behind closed doors during the tense negotiations over the debt ceiling

 
The Obama Administration : Opinion Brief
President Obama speaks at the White House following the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act on June 28: A new poll shows that more Americans support the health care law than before, but a majority are still against it.

Can Obama finally make ObamaCare popular?

The Supreme Court's upholding of the president's health care law was a huge relief for Team Obama. Yet many Americans still aren't supportive of ObamaCare

 
The Obama Administration : The List
Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress on Thursday, with 17 Democrats siding with the Republican majority against Holder.

Congress' Eric Holder contempt vote: 4 takeaways

House Republicans (and 17 Democrats) succeed in holding President Obama's attorney general in contempt of Congress. A concise guide to what it means

 
The Obama Administration : The List
Attorney General Eric holder speaks to reporters following his meeting on Capitol Hill on June 19: Holder faces a vote by the House of Representatives on whether to hold him in contempt for refusing to disclose documents related to the botched gunrunning sting.

6 ways Fast and Furious is... and isn't like Watergate

Republicans have been making the Obama-Nixon comparisons in recent weeks, and while there are some parallels, there are also major differences

 
The Obama Administration : Analysis
Attorney General Eric Holder testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the controversial Fast and Furious gun-running program in November 2011: Most Americans aren't paying attention to the congressional inquiry into the botched sting, but the ones who are are not happy about President Obama getting involved.

The Fast and Furious scandal: 3 reasons to pay attention

The congressional investigation of the botched gun-smuggling sting isn't getting widespread notice. Here's why it should

 
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