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Obama's Economic Predicament

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President Obama has almost no significant new openings to rev the stalling U.S. economy before November -- not with Congress as collaborators, at least. So what can he do? The White House says the president will deliver a speech describing his economic vision this month. Offering a public address is Obama's favored fallback when triggering a new phase of economic attention. The president is still touting his American Jobs Act of 2011, but his spokesman said Monday that Obama will continue to search for “potential new ideas.”

PBS NewsHour: The Decorum, Skullduggery and Rivalries of the Presidents Club

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Time magazine editors Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy explore how current and former American presidents interact with one another in their new book, "The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity." The authors spoke with Gwen Ifill about cross-party mentoring and the infighting that can occur.

Gamesmanship Abounds as Obama, Romney Campaigns Duel over Jobs

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The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney took their political gamesmanship up a notch on Thursday, with dueling events that featured raucous heckling, a secret trip for reporters and symbolic backdrops that reflected the increasing intensity of the tight race for the White House.

Portrait Unveiling Reunites Bushes and Obamas

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"What would George do?" became a White House laugh line Thursday as three presidents gathered in the East Room for what President George W. Bush jovially described as his "hanging." The official unveiling ceremony for the portraits of the 43rd president and first lady Laura Bush included warm appreciations for peaceful transfers of power after hard-fought elections, the solemn responsibilities of the presidency, and the shared honor of occupying the “people’s house.”

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.

The Backstory: Traveling with the President

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What's it like to be a reporter covering a president who's also running for re-election? Gwen Ifill gets the "Backstory" from Peter Baker of The New York Times who explains what it's like traveling on on Air Force One with President Obama, the time pressures and fine line between official duties and campaigning.

Romney’s Core

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Mitt Romney, it turns out, has a core after all. You may remember that for months—dating back to October—President Obama’s most persistent criticism of Romney has been that he has no core. Chief strategist David Axelrod said it first, followed by senior White House adviser and 2008 Obama campaign manager David Plouffe.

When a Boy Found a Familiar Feel in a Pat of the Head of State

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For decades at the White House, photographs of the president at work and at play have hung throughout the West Wing, and each print soon gives way to a more recent shot. But one picture of President Obama remains after three years.

Clinton and Reagan Draw Praise (but Not From Whom You’d Think)

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It says something about American politics that it has come to this: For the record, Bill Clinton does not actually support Mitt Romney for president no matter how many times Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, cites him in his speeches. And for that matter, just for clarity, Ronald Reagan certainly would not be supporting President Obama, either.

Obama Campaign Pushes the Issue of Gay Marriage

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. apologized to President Obama for hastening him into an endorsement of same-sex marriage, several people briefed on the exchange said Thursday, even as the White House sought to capitalize in the campaign on Mr. Obama’s long-awaited expression of support.