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"Trust" to Join "Fairness" as Obama Buzzword, Sources Say

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If the White House gets its political way, "trust" will be a word President Obama and his surrogates use in the next few weeks as often as Obama has talked about "fairness," and Mitt Romney, once dubbed as hollow to the core, will increasingly be ID'd as a card-carrying ultra-conservative who bobbles into Etch A Sketch moments because his core is causing him problems.
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White House Women's Forum Could Capitalize on Gender Gap

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President Obama is hosting a White House "forum on women and the economy" Friday, and aides are denying up and down that politics is afoot. Planned two weeks ago and featuring panels about business, women’s education, the workplace, health care, and violence against women, the event is a chance for the president to deliver a speech directed at women -- and for the administration to tout its record on “women’s economic security . . . through all stages of life.” At least 10 female administration officials are scheduled to moderate.

Obama: Supreme Court Will Uphold Health Law

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If the Supreme Court rejects all or part of the 2010 health reform law, the majority of justices will have heeded their political analyses and not their interpretations of the Constitution and legal precedent, President Obama suggested Monday. Five times the president described himself as “confident” or “pretty confident” that the court will uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act this summer.
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Senate Thwarts Obama Bid to End Oil/Gas Subsidies

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President Obama and the Democratic majority in the Senate tried Thursday to use tax benefits enjoyed by oil and gas companies as a partisan weapon against the sting of rising gasoline prices. It didn’t quite work -- the Senate, with help from four Democrats, defeated a procedural measure aimed at ending the tax benefits -- but the president and his congressional allies argued with gusto that big oil companies and the Republicans who support them are hurting American consumers.

March 16, 2012

Weekly Show

The killing of 16 civilians in Afghanistan, allegedly by a U.S. soldier, has further strained the relationship between the two countries. Plus, Rick Santorum won big in the South, yet Mitt Romney scored more delegates. And President Obama’s re-election campaign is in full swing. Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics; Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post.

 

Obama's "Road" Commercial: Paved With Bombast

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The 17-minute Obama commercial titled "The Road We've Traveled," released Thursday night to great fanfare by the president's campaign, could have carried a subtitle much like this: "How an underappreciated president with a big heart and stiff spine saved the world, kept his promises, delivered enduring change, and is poised to do more if voters only realize what's at stake."
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Obama, Cameron Stress Diplomatic Pressure on Syria, Iran

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After meetings at the White House with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama said Wednesday that the U.S. military “plans for everything” when weighing options to end the violence in Syria. He emphasized, however, that the U.S. and U.K. remain focused on pressuring Bashar al-Assad diplomatically and politically to relinquish power, and the two leaders discussed a commitment to humanitarian assistance to aid the suffering Syrian people.

Obama Campaign Team: Primary Race Weakens Romney

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War with Iran is lurking, gas prices are rising, twisters are mowing through the heartland, but if Mitt Romney is having a bad day, President Obama's Chicago campaign team is chipper. Even if Romney won six of 10 Super Tuesday contests, the president's top campaign advisers told reporters Wednesday that the former Massachusetts governor -- still the focus of their battle plan -- is a weakened candidate because of his ultra-right policies, his rhetoric, and the negative advertising deployed to help him knock out opponents.

As Gas Prices Spike, Obama May Tap Oil Reserve

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Expectations are high that President Obama will tap the nation's oil reserves by this summer to respond to rising gasoline prices as he seeks a second term, according to analysts who stand on all sides of the question.
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"Cool" Obama Returns GOP Fire on Gas Prices

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President Obama said Thursday in Miami that Republicans who want his job and others in Congress are not telling America the truth. Whether the president's complaints had merit was not the news. What was noteworthy was how the GOP assaults leveled at the president during the campaign -- and the pile-up of televised presidential debates -- are registering with Obama.
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