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After Netanyahu's reelection, tough love and damage control by the U.S.

March 23, 2015
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
When President Obama began his second term — the time presidents traditionally build foreign policy legacies — he had two major projects in the Middle East: a nuclear agreement with Iran and a peace settlement based on a Palestinian state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planted himself firmly in the way of both..
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White House: U.S. Will "Re-Assess Options" With Israel

March 20, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama, in a chilly post-election congratulatory call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, objected to the Israeli leader’s “new positions” opposing a Palestinian state, as well as to Netanyahu’s harsh comments about Israeli Arabs prior to his parliamentary victory Tuesday night.
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Israel's shield no more?

March 19, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive reelection, the Obama administration is revisiting longtime assumptions about America’s role as a shield for Israel against international pressure.
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Obama, 2016 Contenders Deal With Changing Attitudes On Marijuana

March 17, 2015
Juana Summers | NPR
The divide between Republicans and Democrats on pot politics is narrowing, President Barack Obama said in an interview Monday.
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Presidential Hopefuls in New Hampshire, Sen. Menendez Corruption Investigation & President Obama on Jimmy Kimmel Live

March 13, 2015
Scott Walker & Jeb Bush head to New Hampshire, Sen. Bob Menendez faces an investigation for corruption, and President Obama jokes with Jimmy Kimmel

Secret Service Security Breaches, Hillary Clinton's Email Troubles & Political Controversy over Iran Nuclear Negotiations

March 13, 2015
Alcohol-fueled crash at the White House, Hillary Clinton’s private email address & 47 Republicans send letter to Iran
Kerry testifies
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Impasse With Congress Imperils Authorization to Combat ISIS

March 12, 2015
Ashley Parker | The New York Times
President Obama’s formal request for congressional authorization to fight the Islamic State — once framed by lawmakers as a matter of great constitutional import — is now seriously imperiled because Republicans think it does too little and Democrats think it does too much.
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U.S. to Give Ukraine’s Military an Additional $75 Million in Nonlethal Aid

March 12, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
The Obama administration said Wednesday that it would provide another $75 million in nonlethal aid to Ukraine’s military. It also imposed sanctions against a handful of pro-Russian separatists and others blamed for fomenting the civil war that has torn apart Ukraine’s eastern regions.
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Finding hope and reality in Obama’s speech at Selma

March 9, 2015
Gwen Ifill talks to Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report about President Obama’s speech at the 50th anniversary of the bloody protest at Selma, Alabama, and how the 2016 presidential race could be impacted by the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s personal email use.
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