Vice Presidential Swap Would Have Been Uncommon, Not Unprecedented

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_bee4db8822.jpgOfficial White House Photo by David Lienemann (WASHINGTON) -- Washington is buzzing this week over revelations in the new book Double Down that Obama administration officials considered swapping out Vice President Joe Biden with Hilary Clinton for the number two spot on the 2012 Democratic ticket. “Campaigns, and pollsters as part of campaigns, test a lot of things,” Carney said, when asked if the President was aware that some of his advisers were discussing replacing Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton.

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Obama's Weekly Address: It's Time to Pass a Budget That Reflects Our Priorities

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_948eff7bea.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, the president says his top priorities are "growing our economy, creating good jobs [and] strengthening security and opportunity for the middle class."  Though U.S. businesses have already created millions of jobs in the past three years, President Obama says there's more work to do and it begins "by ending what has done more than anything else to undermine our economy over the past few years – and that’s the constant cycle of manufactured crises and self-inflicted wounds."

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GOP Weekly Address: Obamacare Glitches 'Just the Tip of the Iceberg'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_22efd4ae5a.jpgOffice of United States Senator Dan Coats (WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, Indiana Sen. Dan Coats says the website isn't the only problem with the new health care law. "It's more than just a website and the problems run deeper than a few technological glitches," Coats says in the address. He later adds, "The failure of [the] Obamacare launch is just the tip of the iceberg, and unless we act, Americans will be stuck on board this Titanic."

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State Dept. vs. NSA: Spokeswoman Deflects Questions on Wiretap Requests

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_39f46c65f0.jpgBill Clark/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- A public dispute is simmering between the NSA and the State Department over U.S. spying and whether policymakers requested wiretaps of foreign leaders. Secretary of State John Kerry and NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander pointed fingers in separate public comments Thursday, and a State Dept. spokeswoman Friday deflected questions on Alexander’s assertions.

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Swap Biden for Hillary? Obama Aides Considered It, But Not President

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_8fbe16b6d8.jpgMark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- On Election Night 2012, after clinching a second term, President Obama hailed Joe Biden as “the best vice president anybody could ever hope for.”  But a new account of the year leading up to the election, detailed in the book Double Down, reveals that many of Obama’s closest aides weren’t always as convinced.

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