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New White House Hostage Rescue Strategy MIA

January 30, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris | The Daily Beast
The Obama administration promised to overhaul how it brought captives home—and dealt with their parents. Five months in, and those interactions still ‘suck.’
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Obama's 180 on 529 Plans Explained Here

January 29, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama’s most recent job approval ratings may help explain why he decided so swiftly that reducing the tax benefits of a popular college savings plan – a proposal he’d made earlier this month – had become an unwanted “distraction” and should be reeled back.
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As Visit Ends, Obama Presses India on Human Rights and Climate Change

January 28, 2015
Peter Baker, Ellen Barry | The New York Times
President Obama concluded his three-day trip here Tuesday with a tough-love message to his hosts, as he vowed to be “India’s best partner” in taking its place in the ranks of the world’s great powers but urged it to do more to protect human rights and fight climate change.
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Why Spending Is Back in Season in Washington

January 28, 2015
John Harwood | The New York Times
America’s partisan divisions are so familiar it sometimes seems the fight never changes. But on the federal budget, the battlefield has been transformed.
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Obama urges religious tolerance, human rights in India

January 27, 2015
Christi Parsons, Shashank Bengali | Los Angeles Times
President Obama urged support for religious tolerance and human rights in a speech Tuesday in New Delhi, drawing on the American experience and his own personal ones to soften a message with the potential to give offense to his Indian hosts, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Obama Makes the Most of India’s Republic Day Parade

January 26, 2015
Peter Baker, Ellen Barry | The New York Times
On one level, of course, it was just a parade. But as President Obama watched marching military units pass by at India’s annual Republic Day celebration on Monday, it served as a fitting geopolitical metaphor as well.
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Obama's YouTube Moment, Harry Reid's Return and Upheaval in Ukraine

January 23, 2015
On the Webcast Extra, Alexis Simendinger reports on President Obama's round of interviews with YouTube personalities and the administration's digital approach to get the State of the Union message out. While the viewership of the speech itself was down, the White House hopes to further their reach. But as Simendinger says, engagement is not necessarily persuasion. Plus, Harry Reid returned to the Capitol this week after an exercising accident left him with and injured eye and ribs. Which Democratic senators have been filling in? And what are their long-term goals? And in Ukraine this week, the ceasefire appears to be crumbling.

The State of the Union Impact at Home & Abroad and Potential 2016 Republican Candidates Head to Iowa

January 23, 2015
President Obama's State of the Union was met with pushback from the Republican-controlled Congress, but where is there room for compromise on the president's 2015 legislative agenda? Alexis Simendinger and Ed O'Keefe report on the president's proposals for community college and trade as well as the Republican opposition. It was also a busy week abroad, with diplomatic talks in Cuba, upheaval in Yemen and potential Iran sanctions. Michael Crowley reports on how President Obama is firing back at critics of his foreign policy. And the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls are converging in Iowa for the Freedom Summit this weekend. John Dickerson is on the ground to preview the first cattle call for the increasing field of GOP candidates.
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