• In this April 10, 2013, file photo, copies of President Barack Obama's budget plan for fiscal year 2014 are distributed to Senate staff on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    But liberals' loud rejection of White House proposals to slow Social Security growth reflects its relative lack of traction with key political elites.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 25, 2013, 4:22 AM EDT
  • In this April 17, 2013 file photo, President Barack speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

    Glow of president's healthy re-election margin fades, and only one in five Americans trust the government to do what's right for the country.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 18, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT
  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2013, to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee to defend President Barack Obama's budget proposal for fiscal 2014.

    Treasury Secretary insists Obama administration is optimistic about congressional negotiations despite bipartisan attacks on the proposal.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 11, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT