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Obama's Asia tour relaunches his efforts on 'legacy' issues

November 17, 2014
Christi Parsons | Tribune Newspapers
After word reached the White House staff who had gathered for a drink in the hotel bar one night last week that President Obama was working out an aggressive climate deal with the Chinese president, the first toast was to the planet.
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U.S. Gives North Korea the Silent Treatment

November 10, 2014
David Sanger | The New York Times
President Obama took the unusual step of sending the nation’s top spy, instead of a senior diplomat, to win the release of two American prisoners in North Korea, administration officials said Sunday, specifically to signal that he would not reward the North with sanctions relief or a new round of negotiations in return for the freedom of the latest Americans to be locked up during visits to the isolated nation.
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U.S. Sending More Troops to Iraq & A New Attorney General Nominee

November 7, 2014
1500 troops heading to Iraq, AG nominee Loretta Lynch, and Supreme Court takes on health care law

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November 3, 2014
U.N. and U.S. threaten Gadhafi with military action; nuclear and economic crisis in Japan
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Obama, India premier reach agreements on climate change, other issues

October 1, 2014
Christi Parsons | Tribune Newspapers
They never actually broke bread together, but President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a small step toward warmer relations Tuesday when they agreed to work together on climate change, one of the most contentious issues facing the countries.
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Caroline Kennedy on why this is a critical time for U.S. and Japan

July 25, 2014
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy was greeted warmly when she arrived in Tokyo last year. But the region, overshadowed by conflicts in the rest of the world, is facing troubles. Gwen Ifill sat down with Kennedy to discuss ongoing territorial disputes with China, the status of the President Obama’s pivot to Asia and the existential threat of nuclear weapons in North Korea.
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Obama argues against use of force to solve global conflicts

April 29, 2014
Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey, Paul Richter | Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Manila—On the final stop of his weeklong Asian tour, President Obama on Monday answered the question that has dogged him all along the way: Has he gone too far in reducing America's historical role in global security?

Obama in Asia, Mideast Peace Talks, SCOTUS on Affirmative Action and Clemency Criteria

April 25, 2014
Obama's four-nation tour of Asia, Israel's decision to suspend Mid-East peace
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Why the White House is turning its attention to Asia

April 24, 2014
President Obama’s four-nation Asia tour marks a policy shift toward the continent, which has been overshadowed by international concerns in the Middle East, and now the Ukraine crisis. Gwen Ifill talks to former State Department Official Kurt Campbell and Michael Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute about the purpose behind the president’s trip.
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