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** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Sen. Rand Paul now leading FreedomWorks poll

President Obama hasn't been sworn in for a second term yet, but that hasn't stopped the speculation about 2016. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is leading a conservative website's interactive point-and-click poll for people to name their top choices for the Republican Party's next presidential nomination.

**FILE** President Obama pauses during a statement on the fiscal cliff negotiations with congressional leaders in the briefing room of the White House on Dec. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

Public dislikes debt deal

After months of urging Washington to compromise, Americans are now unhappy with the deal their lawmakers agreed to, according to the latest Gallup polling.

**FILE** Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

Roberts, Obama to hold swearing-in twice

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will administer the oath of office to President Obama twice again this year, although hopefully it will be smoother than their "do-over" four years ago.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden watches at left as Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., second from left, accompanied by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., second form right, and Senate Majority whip Richard Durbin of Ill., right, walks the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

New Senate sworn in

Vice President Joseph R. Biden presided over a cheerful swearing-in ceremony in the Senate chamber, where spectators in a full gallery peered down from above and applauded.

President Obama and Vice President Biden arrive Jan. 1, 2013, to make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

Obama presses House to pass Sandy aid

President Obama urged House Republicans Wednesday to approve $60 billion in disaster relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy, a piece of unfinished business after the fiscal cliff legislation was approved Tuesday.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden arrives for a closed-door meeting with House Democrats, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, to discuss the fiscal cliff bill passed by the Senate last night that's waiting for a vote in the Republican-controlled House. At left is Rep. Xavier Becerra, California Democrat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Biden 'filibusters' Democratic caucus on 'fiscal cliff' deal

After listening to Vice President Joseph R. Biden address the House Democratic caucus for more than an hour Tuesday on the finer points of the fiscal cliff deal, retiring Rep. Norm Dicks suggested that President Obama's notoriously loquacious No. 2 may have spent a little too much time bending members' ears.