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PBS NewsHour: Examining the Presidential Campaign Map, Battleground Virginia

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On the campaign trail, President Obama and Mitt Romney both stumped Wednesday in hotly contested Virginia. Gwen Ifill, USA Today's Susan Page and NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni discuss the candidates' efforts in battleground states ahead of their parties' conventions and the November presidential election.

In Kabul, Obama Highlights Foreign Policy Record

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President Barack Obama answered political taunts with presidential muscle Tuesday, addressing the nation from Kabul as Republicans said he's overdoing the celebration of Osama bin Laden's death one year ago. The president's secret flight to Afghanistan — where he signed off on details for withdrawing U.S. troops from the decade-long war there — was the type of campaign counterpunch that may play out many times in his re-election battle against Republican Mitt Romney.

At Least He Didn’t Call Him Moneybags

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Yesterday President Obama said he "wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth." This line was widely interpreted as a not-so-subtle dig at Mitt Romney, the wealthy son of a wealthy father. At first glance, that seemed plausible, though perhaps too subtle. The president's campaign would like you to think Romney was born with silver tea, soup, demitasse, grapefruit, and runcible spoons—not to mention that funny silver ladle we use just on Thanksgiving—in his mouth. But upon second look, the president wasn't talking about his Republican challenger. He was just talking.

Secret Service Scandal: Agents Solicited Prostitutes?

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Eleven agents have been suspended for allegations involving prostitutes.

Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy Discuss 'The Presidents Club'

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Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy discuss the surprising ways that current and former presidents depend on each other.

How the World's Most Exclusive Club Was Born

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It was one of those moments that, in a mere second or two, changed American history: On January 20, 1953, at the inauguration of President Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman greeted Herbert Hoover on the platform. "I think we ought to organize a former presidents club," Hoover suggested. "Fine," Truman replied. "You be the President of the club. And I will be the Secretary." Up to that moment, the Presidents Club was more an idea than an institution.
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Romney Sharpens his Attack, says Obama is Running a ‘Hide-and-Seek Campaign’

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Mitt Romney took a sharper line of attack against President Obama on Wednesday, accusing the Democratic incumbent of waging a “hide-and-seek campaign” that disguises his intentions and offers no solutions for the country’s most intransigent economic problems.
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Obama’s Approval Numbers Climb

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The recent run of positive economic news, modest though it may be, appears to be sinking in with voters and giving President Barack Obama his best approval numbers in a while. The latest Gallup tracking poll shows more people approving of Mr. Obama’s job performance than disapproving, by a 49%-45%. Those numbers are not overwhelming, but the trend is unmistakably good for Mr. Obama; it’s the first time he’s been in positive territory since the start of this year.

Obama Holds Edge Over Romney in General Election Matchup, Poll Finds

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Boosted by improved public confidence in his economic stewardship, President Obama for the first time holds a clear edge over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a hypothetical general-election matchup, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Romney, who notched his second consecutive victory Saturday by easily winning the Nevada caucuses, continues to solidify his position as the front-runner in the race for the GOP nomination.

With Campaign Season Here, Obama Shows Some Swagger

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He's confronting Republicans in the House chamber and on a sunny tarmac in front of the cameras. He's singing Al Green and busting out corny jokes. He's trying out his Spanish and taking off the necktie. It looks like the sometimes-aloof, overly cerebral President Obama has gotten some of his mojo back.
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