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  • ** FILE ** In this March 28, 2012 photo, supporters of health care reform rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. America's decision to re-elect President Obama will impact key sectors of the American economy. The President's victory preserves his health care overhaul, which aims to cover millions of uninsured Americans (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Health care law wins reprieve with Obama re-election

    Like a sick patient who somehow always rallies, President Obama's health care law survived another scare Tuesday with Mr. Obama's defeat of Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Tuesday.

  • Hu not expected to give up all his powers

    The glacially slow, once-in-a-decade process of transferring power from one generation of Chinese leaders to the next begins Thursday when the Communist Party opens its 18th party conference.

  • President Obama pauses as he speaks to the cheering crowd at his election-night victory party at McCormick Place in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama faces a more modest second term

    President Obama won re-election in part because his supporters favor bigger government — but a divided Congress virtually ensures the president's initiatives in his second term will be far smaller in scale than Obamacare or an $821 billion plan to stimulate the economy.Divid

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron (front row center) walks with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (second from right) and Andrew Harper (right), U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative to Jordan, during his visit to the Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo)

    Western efforts on Syria shifting

    Western efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad shifted dramatically Wednesday, with Britain announcing it will deal directly with rebel military leaders.

  • Inside the Ring: Panetta’s future

    Tuesday's re-election of President Obama triggered immediate speculation about the future of Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who will turn 75 in June. Mr. Panetta, defense secretary since June 2011, has had a long career in government and is said by associates to be ready to return to private life in Northern California, where he frequently visits and owns land.

  • President Obama pauses as he speaks to the cheering crowd at his election-night victory party at McCormick Place in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    EDITORIAL: Obama: A lame-duck president

    President Obama will enter his second term a lame duck from Day One. In fact, he has been limping along for some time already.

  • Jack Gerard

    Keystone pipeline pushed to forefront

    With a second term now in hand, President Obama no longer can delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline and must either side with environmentalists within his party or greenlight a major step toward North American energy independence.

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, holds a press conference Nov. 7, 2012, at the U.S. Capitol in D.C. Reid says he intends to change filibuster rules following President Obama's win in the general election the previous day and that he hopes Republicans will work with the Democrats to solve some of the country's major issues. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Reid moves to limit GOP filibusters

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will try to push through a change to Senate rules that would limit the GOP's ability to filibuster bills.

  • World Briefs: Voters approve measure to become 51st U.S. state

    A slim majority of Puerto Ricans sought to change ties with the United States and become the 51st American state in a nonbinding referendum that would require final approval from Congress.

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