Currently reading a volume on the nation's Presidents. It's a fairly recent book that includes Barack Obama so with the exception of events like the 2010 midterms and the killing of bin Laden it's pretty current and up to speed.
When you're done with that, start reading Gore Vidal's books. He has written quite a number of historical novels that are highly respected. He died recently and as a consequence I finally came to know more about him. I plan to start with his 1973 novel on Aaron Burr soon.