May 4, 2013
After two weeks out of the spotlight, President Barack Obama is returning to Washington to face an emboldened Republican Party and the first major shake-up of his senior staff.
The first weeks of the new year will be an early test of how the president will deal with a divided Congress and whether he can build on the victories he secured during the final days of the lame-duck legislative session. And with a host of Republicans readying to run for his job, the administration will simultaneously be laying the groundwork for Obama's re-election bid, which will be operated out of Chicago.
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