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Obama’s Gay-Marriage Stance Brings Uncertain Political Fallout

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President Obama hoped that announcing his change of heart in favor of same-sex marriage would put the issue to rest as a topic in his bid for re-election. The immediate result, however, was that both sides seized upon it as an opportunity to energize their bases.

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Romney Team May Have Stirred Storm Over Gay Aide

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It was the biggest moment yet for Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team: a conference call last Thursday, dialed into by dozens of news outlets from around the globe, to dissect and denounce President’s Obama record on national security.

Charlie Wilson's War; Obama's Peace

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Embedded deep within President Obama's appearance in Afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of the special forces raid that killed 9/11 architect Osama bin Laden was a post-Cold War commander-in-chief's declaration he wouldn't repeat the mistakes of his Cold War predecessors. Obama didn't say it in so many words, but his 11-minute address to the nation from Bagram Air Base was a promise to wage Charlie Wilson's war under the guise of Obama's peace.

Reality Check

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Set aside, for the moment, the tendentious charge of The New York Times’s public editor, Arthur Brisbane, that the newspaper’s principal political task between now and Election Day should be to aggressively investigate “Who is the real Barack Obama?” The premise assumes not only that there is just one real Obama but also that he and the Times may somehow have conspired to obscure him.

Obama is Both Commander, Campaigner in Chief Ahead of bin Laden Anniversary

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Rarely has a president blended the role of commander in chief with that of campaigner in chief quite as vividly as President Obama has done in the days surrounding the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.

PBS NewsHour: Obama's Afghanistan Address: 'This Was Not a Mission Accomplished Speech'

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In a surprise visit Tuesday to Afghanistan, President Obama addressed the nation and said he knew many Americans are tired of war, but underscored a need to "destroy al Qaeda." Gwen Ifill, RAND Corporation's Seth Jones and Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress discuss the implications of the president's speech.

PBS NewsHour: Obama's Afghanistan Pact: What it Does, What it Doesn't Do

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President Obama made a surprise visit Tuesday to Afghanistan to mark the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Gwen Ifill gets an update from the AP's Patrick Quinn in Kabul plus analysis of the agreement the president signed from RAND Corporation's Seth Jones and Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress.

Obama Defends Spotlighting Death of bin Laden

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President Obama's latest campaign ad, released to supporters on Monday, runs more than halfway through its seven-minute account of the president's first-term accomplishments before Osama bin Laden gets a walk-on. The president appears in footage shot a year ago telling the world that the most hated terrorist on the planet had been discovered in Pakistan and killed by U.S. forces.
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'Forward' Starts in Reverse; Obama Campaign Anchors 2012 Message to Economic Deluge of 2008

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The first 38 seconds of President Obama's new 7-minute campaign video are devoted to the economic deluge he inherited. Team Obama doesn't blame President Bush's administration for this bitter economic bequest by name, but the inference is inescapable.

Bin Laden Raid Emerges as Campaign Issue

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In a first term marked by clear partisan divisions, President Obama's decision to order a high-risk special forces operation targeting Osama bin Laden stands out as an unquestioned nonpartisan success.