The "Beast" gets new license plates
January 15th, 2013
10:16 PM ET

The "Beast" gets new license plates

(CNN) – In a sign of solidarity, President Barack Obama will begin using the standard license plate for the District of Columbia, which famously states "Taxation Without Representation," on presidential vehicles, a White House official confirmed Tuesday.

The move comes after the city council for Washington, D.C. petitioned the president last week through a resolution, demanding that Obama use the license plates as millions watch his presidential motorcade drive down Pennsylvania Avenue for his inauguration on Monday.

"President Obama has lived in the District now for four years, and has seen first-hand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress," the White House official said in a statement.

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Topics: D.C. • the Beast
January 15th, 2013
11:58 AM ET

Biden plan: 19 solo steps Obama could take on guns

Washington (CNN) - Gun control proposals put together by Vice President Joe Biden include as many as 19 executive actions that President Barack Obama could take without congressional approval, such as tougher enforcement of existing laws, legislators briefed by Biden said Tuesday.

The president could demand that agencies provide data for background checks that are supposed to accompany gun sales, ensuring that information included in the checks is as "comprehensive and complete as possible," Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson of California told CNN.

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Topics: Gun control
Tuesday at the White House: Biden's report due
January 15th, 2013
07:27 AM ET

Tuesday at the White House: Biden's report due

A day after his surprise press conference, President Obama is set to receive Vice President Biden’s much anticipated recommendations on the issue of gun control.

The recommendations follow more than a week of meetings involving the vice president and several stake-holders on all sides of the issue. It’s expected the recommendations will include both proposals for legislative action as well as executive orders the president can issue unilaterally.

The prospect of the latter has especially riled gun rights supporters, who fear Obama will single-handedly undermine the spirit of the Second Amendment. During the press conference Monday, the president insisted that was not his goal.

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Topics: Daily Schedule
Obama pushes back on criticism regarding social outreach to Congress
January 15th, 2013
06:28 AM ET

Obama pushes back on criticism regarding social outreach to Congress

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama pushed back on criticism that he has not reached out enough to members of Congress socially to help build more personal relationships.

"With respect to this 'truism' about me not socializing enough and patting folks on the back and all that stuff, most people who know me know I'm a pretty friendly guy. And I like a good party. And the truth is when I was in the Senate, I had great relationships over there, and up until that point that I became president this was not an accusation that you heard very frequently," the president said at his news conference Monday.

He said some Republicans feel that it doesn't "look real good socializing with me."

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Topics: President Obama
Obama administration: Debt ceiling deadline coming soon
January 15th, 2013
05:30 AM ET

Obama administration: Debt ceiling deadline coming soon

New York (CNNMoney) - The Obama administration on Monday turned up the heat on Congress to raise the debt ceiling.

The Treasury Department, hours after President Obama again said he would not negotiate with Congress over the issue, said it will run out of ways to keep the country under the legal borrowing limit sometime between mid-February and early March.

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