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**FILE** U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue (Associated Press)

Chamber, faith groups plan push on immigration reform

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be joining a broad coalition of law enforcement officials, faith groups and immigrant-rights activists Thursday in concerted push for the Obama administration and Congress to pass a broad overhaul of the nation's immigration laws this year.

**FILE** President Obama speaks at the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington on Dec. 31, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama pressed on D.C. 'Taxation' plates for presidential limo

The Obama administration is keeping local leaders in limbo over demands to put D.C. license plates with the city's pointed "Taxation Without Representation" motto on the presidential limousine — a practice President Clinton embraced before George W. Bush replaced the plates with ones that do not highlight the city's lack of voting rights in Congress.

White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

White House won't rule out $1T coin proposal

Even though it sounds like a headline in The Onion, a White House spokesman Wednesday repeatedly refused to rule out a bizarre-sounding proposal to mint a $1 trillion platinum coin that would allow the federal government to unilaterally raise the debt-ceiling if Congress fails to act.

** FILE ** Droplets of rain cover the handle of a shopping cart outside a Wal-Mart store. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Wal-Mart to meet with Holder on guns

After initially balking, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will send a representative to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday as part of Vice President Joseph R. Biden's efforts to address gun violence this week, a White House official said Thursday.

** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Cruz: GOP has 'leverage' in debt-ceiling fight

Sen. Ted Cruz said Republicans came out on the short end of the "fiscal cliff" fight because President Obama had a stronger position — but the new Texas lawmaker expects a different outcome in the upcoming debt-ceiling negotiations.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks during a meeting at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex on Dec. 20, 2012. (Associated Press)

NRA to meet with Biden on guns

The National Rifle Association will send a representative to meet this week with Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who is heading a task force on gun violence, a spokesman for the group said Tuesday.

President Obama (right) and his chief of staff, Jack Lew, confer. Mr. Lew, who previously served as the president's Office of Management and Budget chief, is said to be under consideration for Treasury secretary. (Associated Press)

Obama likely to choose Lew for Treasury

President Obama will likely choose White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to replace outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner by the end of the week, according to a report late Monday by the Bloomberg news agency.