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Michelle gown designer snubbed in native Taiwan

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a ruby colored chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown, dance as singer Jennifer Hudson, right, sings Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at the Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. AP

Jason Wu may have won international recognition for twice designing inaugural gowns for US first lady Michelle Obama, but judges in his native Taiwan seem unimpressed.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama takes second oath, faces more divided US

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, listen to Taps after placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Barack Obama, battered yet still popular after a bruising first term as president, raises his right hand on Sunday to be sworn in for another four years as the leader of an America that is, perhaps, as divided politically and socially as at any time since the US Civil War 150 years ago.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Obama sworn in to 2nd term as US president

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SECOND TERM. President Barack Obama is officially sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Sunday Jan. 10, 2013. Next to Obama are first lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson Family Bible, and daughters Malia and Sasha. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool

A still-popular Barack Obama took the presidential oath of office for a second term on Sunday, facing a troubled future but hoping to leave behind a battering four years at the helm of a government mired in ugly political division.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Obama’s 2nd inaugural seems an afterthought

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This Nov. 28, 2012 file photo shows construction contining on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the viewing stand for President Barack Obama's January's Inauguration Day ceremonies.  Four years ago, Barack Obama’s swearing-in drew a jubilant record crowd to the National Mall to witness history: the country’s first black president taking the oath of office. This time, the capital is pre-occupied with a looming economic crisis, exit from war and reshuffling in Congress. It's almost as if Obama's swearing in on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is a been-there-done-that moment.  AP/J. Scott Applewhite, File

Four years ago, Barack Obama’s swearing-in drew a record crowd to Washington. There were 1.8 million people eager to witness history: the first U.S. black president taking the oath of office.

Posted: December 5th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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