President Barack Obama is expected to make his first comments this afternoon about the growing scandal that ended CIA Director David Petraeus' career, while taking questions from reporters at the White House.
This will be Obama's first full-scale news conference in eight months and the first since defeating Republican Mitt Romney for a second term.
The session is likely to be dominated by the Petraeus sex scandal, which has raised concerns among members of Congress about national security, classified information, and why Obama and key lawmakers weren't notified sooner about the investigation that led Petraeus to resign.
The headlines from the scandal continue and the narrative now includes Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and a Tampa socialite named Jill Kelley.
With the 112th Congress back at work, Obama is also likely to address his call for a balanced approach in tackling the nation's fiscal issues as a deadline approaches for tax cuts to expire and sweeping spending cuts to take effect.
Obama is meeting later Wednesday afternoon with business and labor leaders to discuss the fiscal cliff. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama will outline a plan for $1.6 trillion in new taxes on businesses and upper-income taxpayers – the president's starting point for negotiations with Congress.
Obama is also likely to get a question about his administration's handling of the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya on Sept. 11. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, died in Benghazi.
In an election-related matter, Obama could also take a question about the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Although voters in both states passed initiatives last week, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal substance. Colorado and Washington state officials are awaiting guidance from the federal government on how to proceed.