Obama opens 2014 eager to test modest momentum in Congress; decisions on NSA, Afghan war loom

  • by: JULIE PACE , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 6, 2014 - 3:15 AM

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama gets back to work this week eager to test whether a modest budget deal passed in the waning days of 2013 can spark bipartisan momentum on Capitol Hill. As he opens his sixth year in office, he also faces legacy-defining decisions on the future of government surveillance programs and the American-led war in Afghanistan.

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