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Obama Embarks on First Working Day of Second Term

Four years ago, President Barack Obama and his staff spent the first day in the White House learning the basics. Not just the basics of governing, but also figuring out how to get cleared into their offices by the Secret Service, log on to their government computers and find keys to unlock office drawers.


U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a televised address last year, during which he announced he will order 10,000 troops to pull out of Afghanistan in 2011, and another 33,000 troops by the end of the summer of 2012. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama During Afghanistan Speech: Out By 2014, But “Difficult Days Ahead”

President Barack Obama spoke from Afghanistan on Tuesday, stating that the U.S. Armed Forces occupying the nation are on a “clear path to fulfill[ing their] mission … while [administering] justice to Al Qaeda.” He added that all troops are expected to have left the country by the end of 2014.


File photo of Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney with a female voter. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Challenges Facing Romney In Wooing Female Voters

Mitt Romney is starting to hone his appeal to female voters, acutely aware as he turns to the general election that he has little choice but to narrow President Barack Obama’s commanding lead among this critical constituency.


Republican Presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) share a laugh during a debate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Humor Can Help Candidates – And Hurt When It Doesn’t

Done right, humor can be a huge asset for a politician. But it is fumbled easily in the overheated environment of a political campaign.