The latest polls show Obama's job approval back up to 50 percent. His response to Tucson and the bills passed by the lame-duck Congress are credited, but the economy remains a challenge.
A new version of No Child Left Behind may target only the bottom 5 percent of schools for intervention. For most schools, mandates based on student test scores would be rolled back.
President John F. Kennedy gives his inaugural address at the Capitol in Washington after taking the oath of office on Jan. 20, 1961.
Tucson, Ariz., Mayor Robert Walkup forwards his 'civility accord' at an annual meeting of 230 mayors, saying 'civility must begin with us.'
Tax reformers are pushing the president, but aren't sure it's at the top of his agenda.
US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, targeted in last week's Arizona shooting, continues to improve; a Tucson Safeway store reopens; and investigators work to build their case against Jared Loughner.
Sen. Mark Udall is proposing that Democrats and Republicans sit together at President Obama's State of the Union address as a practical first step toward more civil political discourse.
Tax incentives, lower corporate taxes, and tax simplification will be subjects that Treasury Secretary Geithner and corporate executives talk about Friday.
Obama achieved several legislative victories just before going on vacation. But with a GOP-led House vowing to target 'ObamaCare' and government spending, difficult battles await.