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Democrats Find a Welcome Distraction

On The Radar

President Obama bluntly acknowledged Tuesday that winning a second term was “not a slam-dunk,” but a development outside his control is bolstering Democratic spirits: the prospect of a drawn-out Republican battle between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
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Obama Welcomes Era of 'Equal Partnership' with Iraq

On The Radar

With the last U.S. troops set to depart Iraq, President Obama on Monday welcomed a new phase of "equal partnership" with the Iraqi government, even as both sides admit uncertainty about how that will work. "We're here to mark the end of this war," Obama said, appearing alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki at the White House, and to "begin a new chapter in the history between our countries — a normal relationship between sovereign nations."

Obama Team Likes Prospect of Long Republican Fight

On The Radar

President Obama and his allies are keenly aware of the challenges on the horizon in his re-election bid, but one development entirely out of their control is bolstering their spirits: the prospect of a drawn-out Republican nominating fight between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. “The longer this race goes, the more you’re going to see these Republican candidates try to mortgage the general election to try and win the primary campaign,” said David Axelrod, the chief strategist for the president’s re-election campaign.

U.S. Troops Leaving Iraq This Year; Obama Could Benefit Next Year

On The Radar

The last American troops are coming home from Iraq this month, and President Obama is marking the occasion with a series of events to commemorate the conclusion of the war. On Wednesday at Fort Bragg, N.C., he and the first lady will thank troops for their service.

Obama sides with the 99%

On The Radar

Conservatives were quick to accuse President Obama of embracing class warfare in his speech last week in Osawatomie, Kan. And liberal Democrats were thrilled to see a hint of the populist president they had hoped they were voting for in 2008. The polarized reactions suggest that Obama's speech succeeded in one of its goals: to frame the 2012 election as a clear choice between two philosophies, a contest he might be able to win, instead of a referendum on his own unhappy economic record.

Black Holes and Campaign 2012

Gwen's Take

The scientists at the University of California Berkeley have discovered something awesome: monster black holes – 10 billion times the mass of the sun – that suck in everything around them. Even light

Democrats See a Two-Horse G.O.P. Race, Adding a Whip

On The Radar

The White House and its allies are starting to turn their sights to Newt Gingrich, invoking his tumultuous history as House speaker to brand him as the “godfather of gridlock,” a testament to his new viability and the sudden realization that he could be President Obama’s Republican opponent.

Obama Vows to Reject Bills Tying Payroll Tax to Pipeline

On The Radar

President Obama said Wednesday he would oppose any congressional efforts to link extraneous matters to legislation he supports to extend the payroll tax holiday, which is set to expire Dec. 31. Obama's resistance, which he clarified falls short of an actual veto threat, was intended to thwart Republican efforts to mix one of the president's priorities with various but unrelated projects supported by conservatives -- for instance, a proposed oil pipeline that would extend 1,700 miles from Alberta, Canada, through the United States to coastal refineries in Texas.

Obama Follows Roosevelt's Populist Path to Kansas

On The Radar

President Obama on Tuesday will visit Kansas, a conservative bastion he lost by 15 points to John McCain in 2008, to deliver populist economic arguments he hopes can carry him in his 2012 re-election bid. In a detour from the battleground-states itinerary he's followed all year, the president is visiting the state his maternal grandparents called home in an effort to echo some of the "Square Deal" sentiments first voiced in a 1910 speech by Republican Theodore Roosevelt.

U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.6%

On The Radar

For months, political analysts have been saying that President Obama's reelection hopes hinge on the economy, with an unemployment rate of 9% or higher certain to pose serious problems for the White House. On Friday, the Labor Department announced an unexpectedly sharp decline in the November unemployment rate, to 8.6% from 9% in October, raising hopes of an accelerated recovery.