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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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Barack Obama's next job: Sell the Iran deal

April 3, 2015
Michael Crowley, Edward-Isaac Dovere | POLITICO
It’s either this or war. That’s the argument the White House is preparing to make to convince members of Congress, Americans and foreign allies that the framework announced Thursday is the best way to check Iran’s nuclear program.
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A Foreign Policy Gamble by Obama at a Moment of Truth

April 3, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
On the day he took office, President Obama reached out to America’s enemies, offering in his first inaugural address to “extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” More than six years later, he has arrived at a moment of truth in testing that proposition with one of the nation’s most intransigent adversaries.
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Obama Rejects Republican Bid to Overturn New Union Rules

April 1, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
In his latest confrontation with Congress, President Obama on Tuesday blocked Republican efforts to overturn new union-friendly federal regulations issued by his administration.
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Obama, Last Election Behind Him, Plans First Visit as President to Kenya

March 31, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
For years, Kenya has been a political headache for President Obama and a geopolitical headache for the United States. But now in his seventh year in office, with his last election behind him, Mr. Obama has decided to embrace his heritage by visiting the land of his father for the first time as president.
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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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