At least 154 weeks before the first presidential nominating contests of the 2016 election, news headlines offer a carnival of speculation about the pressing matter of who will next ascend to the White House when the not-yet-inaugurated president departs from DC in a mere 1,464 days. NBC News' Carrie Dann reports.
Time in not on the side of second-term presidents
Fresh off re-election, presidents begin their second terms freed from the burdens of campaigning for the White House ever again and, typically, with high hopes and ambitious agendas. Yet because they are among the few Washington politicians unconcerned about the next election, they are also lame ducks from the very first hour of their second term - and they have a relatively narrow window to accomplish their goals. NBC News National Affairs Writer Tom Curry reports.
Obama's first four years in office - then vs. now
Is the nation better off than it was four years ago? The answer largely depends on the statistics you pick. NBC News Senior Political Editor Mark Murray takes a look at the Obama presidency - so far- by the numbers, including unemployment rate, Dow Jones Industrial Average, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Americans living below the poverty level, Federal public debt, and much more.