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Labor to Base 2012 Strategy on Personal Contacts

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The AFL-CIO, which is trying to build a consistent, national coalition of voters primed to back candidates who support workers' values and interests, has been experimenting with a ground game that relies on friend-to-friend persuasion, accomplished both in-person and using today's Internet tools.

Europe's Travails Could Add to His Own, Obama Says

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Europe has not resolved its fiscal and debt challenges and will need more time to reach consensus, President Obama conceded at the conclusion of an important economic summit in Mexico among the 20 leading industrialized nations. Asked at an evening news conference in the resort city of Los Cabos how the Eurozone debt and financial problems might impact his chances for re-election, Obama said, "All these economic issues have an impact on the election, but that's not my biggest concern now."

Medal of Freedom Honorees: An Election Year Medley

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Bob Dylan wore formal attire Tuesday while accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom along with nearly a dozen other recipients. His business suit, roomy for his slight frame, was coal black and decorated with Western-style buckles on the chest pockets. The 71-year-old wore a crisp white shirt and a bow tie. But what captured President Obama's attention and that of a VIP audience packing the East Room of the White House were the aviator sunglasses Dylan wore indoors. Impenetrable.

Europe's Fate, and Obama's, May Ride on G8

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President Obama has a weekend challenge ahead of him: Can he persuade European leaders gathered in the Maryland woods outside Washington, D.C., to adopt the U.S. fiscal example of short-term bailouts, government stimulus and long-range plans for belt-tightening in order to promote growth and stave off a fiscal meltdown in the Eurozone?

Obama Has Up to $1 Million in JPMorgan Account

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While the executive branch checks out JPMorgan Chase & Co., President Obama has been doing some checking of his own. One day after he described JPMorgan as "the best, or one of the best managed banks," the White House reported that the president holds up to $1 million in an interest-bearing JPMorgan asset management checking account, and Michelle Obama has up to $15,000 in a regular JPMorgan checking account.

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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April 27, 2012

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As the campaigns look ahead, Mitt Romney targets Barack Obama, but he is targeting youth voters. The Supreme Court hears arguments on Arizona immigration law. Also, a year after Osama bin Laden’s death, balancing terrorism and civil liberties. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate Magazine/CBS News; Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics; Pete Williams, NBC News; James Kitfield, National Journal.

 

Obama to Launch Campaign With Ohio, Va. Rallies

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Ohio and Virginia -- he's back! President Obama and wife Michelle will officially launch the president's re-election campaign May 5 with rallies in Columbus and Richmond, his campaign announced Wednesday.

From the Vault: 2008 Cleveland Town Hall

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Ohio was considered one of the most important swing state of the 2008 presidential race and is gearing up to be just as important in 2012. This week, as Washington Week hosts our first-ever Electronic Town Hall, with audiences in Ohio and Oregon, we ask if the issues that were important to voters in 2008 different than those in 2012? Take a look back at our Road Show from Cleveland, Ohio in 2008.

Obama Seeks More Oil Market Oversight

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Are gasoline prices rising in the United States because of illegal excess market speculation? The White House on Tuesday offered no evidence to support that hypothesis, but President Obama, worried about climbing prices at the pump, nevertheless urged lawmakers to adopt legislation he said would protect consumers and beef up the government's watchdog surveillance of oil trades.
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