12:45 p.m. (EST): FBI spokesman Paul Bresson has confirmed that the substance found in the letter to the president was ricin.
The Secret Service says that a letter containing a suspicious substance and addressed to President Obama was received on Tuesday at a White House mail facility. This comes just after a letter sent to Senator Roger Wicker (R.-Miss.) was found to contain the poison ricin.
Riding the wave of his re-election, President Barack Obama hit upon themes of the economy, energy, climate change and gun control in his State of the Union address delivered to a joint session of Congress.
After President Obama gave his now-famous inauguration speech on the steps of the Capitol on Monday, Kelly Clarkson had her very own chance to shine. The country crossover (and Obama supporter) sang a heart-tugging rendition of 'My Country 'Tis of Thee.'
For such a solemn event, yesterday's presidential inauguration sure did span a lot of cute GIFs. It helps that the Obama family has two young daughters to keep things entertaining. They laugh. They yawn. They ruin pictures. They're just like us! Here are a few of our favorite moments from yesterday's ceremony.
On Wednesday President Obama announced a series of proposals to address gun violence. The day before, the National Rifle Association, which opposes the president's ideas, released a Web ad that stoked controversy, particularly because the ad focuses on Obama's daughters.
Wednesday afternoon, President Obama proposed numerous measures in response to a string of recent mass shootings across the country, including one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were murdered by a gunman.
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