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President Obama pauses while speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Feb. 5, 2013. The president will ask Congress to come up with tens of billions of dollars in short-term spending cuts and tax revenue to put off the automatic across the board cuts that are scheduled to kick in March 1. (Associated Press)

Obama to visit Israel

With Israeli and Palestinian leaders at odds over how to restart peace talks, President Obama will make his first trip to Israel as president in the coming months, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat

Hoyer: GOP to blame for nation's fiscal woes

The House's No. 2 Democrat pushed back at Republican complaints that President Obama's policies have lead to a ballooning of the federal debt and deficit, saying that spending initiatives are the responsibility of Congress — not the White House.

**FILE** Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listens during a news conference at the Pentagon on Jan. 24, 2013, where he announced he is lifting a ban on women serving in combat. (Associated Press)

Panetta to testify on Benghazi

Nearly five months after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will testify to Congress on Thursday about the military's response.