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Congress’s Role in Iran Nuclear Deal Shows Limits of Obama’s Power

April 16, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
In his assertions of executive power to advance his agenda in an era of gridlock, President Obama has been largely on offense. But his latest battle with Congress not only left him on defense, it actually broke the gridlock. Against him.
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Preventing Another Gulf Oil Spill, 5 Years Later

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April 30, 2010
Five years after the explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana, the Obama administration is proposing new regulations for offshore oil rigs that would improve safety standards for blowout preventers to hopefully avoid similar catastrophic oil spills.
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Is the news from Iraq getting better?

April 14, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
There is good news in the Middle East. Or so the Obama White House would have you believe. Ahead of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s first visit with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, administration officials say they deserve more credit for progress in Iraq and the fight against militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
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New Regulation Aims to Prevent Explosions at Offshore Rigs

April 14, 2015
Coral Davenport, Peter Baker | The New York Times
The Obama administration on Monday proposed a new regulation for offshore oil and gas rigs intended to improve equipment standards and well designs and avoid a catastrophic spill like the one in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
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Cuba may lose 'sponsor of terrorism' designation

April 10, 2015
Christi Parsons, Michael Memoli | Los Angeles Times
President Obama said Thursday that his State Department had finished a review of whether to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, potentially the first step in formally changing U.S. policy toward the island nation at a time of warming diplomatic relations.
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It Begins: The Shaping and Selling of Obama's Legacy

April 10, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
Perhaps it’s the field of potential and actual candidates who claim to want his job, or thoughts of a presidential library where two terms of Barack Obama history will get tucked away, or the accumulating West Wing farewell parties for close advisers who are moving on.
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Obama: Netanyahu's Call for State Recognition Won't Be Part of Iran Deal

April 7, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama Monday dismissed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence that Iran recognize the state of Israel as a condition of a nuclear arms control pact, arguing Iran’s regime will not change that drastically, even if Tehran’s nuclear activities do.
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How Michelle Obama’s upbringing shaped her White House priorities

April 3, 2015
In “Michelle Obama: A Life,” veteran political journalist Peter Slevin tackles a different side of politics by examining how the first lady’s life story influenced her priorities in the White House. Gwen Ifill sits down with the author to discuss what he discovered.
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President Obama Calls Preliminary Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Our Best Bet’

April 6, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Obama strongly defended last week’s preliminary agreement with Iran as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to curb the spread of nuclear weapons in a dangerous region while reassuring critics that he would keep all options available if Tehran ultimately cheated.
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