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Bill Clinton offers forceful defense of Obama’s record

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Former president Bill Clinton delivered a spirited defense of President Obama’s handling of the nation’s struggling economy here Wednesday night, criticizing the agenda and philosophy of Mitt Romney and accusing the Republican Party of ideological rigidity and an unwillingness to compromise.

Democrats outline convention schedule

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Just when it seemed as if there could not possibly be any more red, white and blue speeches ringing across the airways from the convention floor, the Democrats are unveiling their counterpunch to the Republican show that has been under way all week in Tampa.

A Bad Week for Obama and the Democrats

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All you need to know about the week the Democrats just had can be summed up by noting that both President Obama and former president Bill Clinton, the two best campaigners their party has seen in decades, had to clean up verbal messes they’d made earlier. And, oh yes, Mitt Romney’s campaign raised more money last month than Obama’s — by more than 25 percent.

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Obama Brings Clinton to New York Events to Draw Donors

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Bill Clinton showered praise on Barack Obama and warned that Mitt Romney’s election would be “calamitous” for the U.S., as the former and current presidents joined forces to appeal to donors in New York. Clinton, who undercut Obama’s campaign message last week, was unstinting last night in his support for the Democratic incumbent’s re-election in November.

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.

May 25, 2012

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A special "President's Club" edition of Washington Week:We look at the bipartisan solidarity between current and former presidents. Joining Gwen, four white house reporters covering 4 different presidents: Michael Duffy, TIME magazine; Peter Baker, The New York Times; John Harris, POLITICO; Christi Parsons, Tribune News.

2012: The Year Demographics Catches Up With Politics

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Christine Mastin, an immigration attorney whose Spanish-speaking grandmother emigrated from Chile to the United States, realizes that most of the Hispanics she knows are surprised she is a Republican.

Barack Obama won two-thirds of the Latino vote in 2008, and no Republican has come close to winning a majority in 40 years. But she is working Colorado for Mitt Romney.

And even though she ran for a state House seat in 2010 and lost, she is optimistic that the GOP will soon be able to crack the code.

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.

Bush and Clinton Team Up for 9/11 Memorial Fund-Raiser

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The odd-bedfellows tandem of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton got together again Tuesday night to promote their latest shared post-presidential cause, a memorial to the heroes of United Flight 93. The 42nd and 43rd presidents headlined a fund-raiser at the Newseum in Washington in hopes of bringing in enough money to honor the passengers who confronted hijackers and brought down their plane on Sept. 11, 2001, rather than let it be crashed into the nation’s capital.

Same-Sex Marriage Support Shows Pace of Social Change Accelerating

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When Bill Clinton was president, he waited until almost 1 in the morning in 1996 to sign a bill defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. He did not like it, but was unwilling to veto it 45 days before an election. Sixteen years later, President Obama endorsed same-sex marriage, a journey reflecting not just his own personal “evolution,” but also the dizzying pace of social change in an age of technology.