• GOP bill kicking the can on debt ceiling negotiations until May (passed in the House Wednesday) speaks to a changed landscape.

    Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the House GOP leadership speak to reporters after a closed-door meeting.
    LAST UPDATE : Jan 23, 2013, 4:25 PM EST
  • In this Jan. 21, 2013, photo, Vice President Joe Biden reacts with his wife, Jill, as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.

    V.P. would be nearly 74 on Election Day, but his universal name recognition and great connections with party insiders would make him tough to beat.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 23, 2013, 12:39 AM EST
  • President Barack Obama delivers his Inaugural address at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol.

    Whether the Democrat backs the popular Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Gulf Coast will color environmentalists' attitude toward 2nd term.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 23, 2013, 12:37 AM EST
  • This Aug. 15, 2012 file photo shows applicants waiting in Casa de Maryland in Langley Park, Md.

    More than 6 in 10 Americans favor allowing illegal entrants to join civil society, a sharp uptick driven by a change in Republican voters' thinking.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 23, 2013, 12:38 AM EST
  • Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen as President Barack Obama delivers his Inaugural address at the ceremonial swearing-in.

    Wind at his back, re-elected pol driven by conviction that he has upper hand in negotiations with increasingly isolated congressional GOP.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 22, 2013, 4:29 PM EST
  • This Jan. 16, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden.

    Seeking nothing less than reversal of political wisdom on gun control as they take on the countrty's most influential and well-funded interest group.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 18, 2013, 7:59 PM EST