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Bent but Not Broken

November 7, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
President Obama’s coalition may not have turned out for Democrats on Election Day, but at his press conference Wednesday the president was clear that he still has a coalition behind him. “I am the guy who is elected by everybody,” he said. That was both an explanation of why he was punished by the voters who rejected members of his party and a reminder that he is not without power.
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U.S. opens channels with Iran over ISIS

November 7, 2014
Elise Labott, Jim Scuitto | CNN
President Barack Obama's administration is trying to open channels of communication with Iran regarding the war on ISIS.
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After Election, Obama Vows to Work With, and Without, Congress

November 6, 2014
Peter Baker, Julie Hirschfield | The New York Times
President Obama shook off an electoral drubbing on Wednesday and said he was eager to find common ground with Republicans during the final two years of his presidency, but he swiftly defied their objections by vowing to bypass Congress and use his executive authority to change the nation’s immigration system.
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What Obama said, what he meant

November 6, 2014
Carrie Budoff Brown | Politico
President Barack Obama took the stage after receiving another midterm election drubbing. And he stuck to the script.
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Obama, McConnell speak of cooperation, but conflict is apparent

November 6, 2014
Christi Parsons, Dacid Lauter | Tribune Newspapers
President Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell talked of cooperation Wednesday in the aftermath of the huge GOP election victory, but the two sides prepared for renewed conflict on issues that have dominated the campaign and national debate for the last two years.
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Mitch McConnell Says He Will 'Trust But Verify' His New Relationship With Obama

November 6, 2014
Jeff Zeleny | ABC News
Sen. Mitch McConnell said today he intends to employ a “trust but verify” relationship with President Obama when he takes the helm as the new Senate majority leader, saying voters sent a clear message that both parties must govern.
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From the Vault: 2010 Midterm "Shellacking"

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November 5, 2010
Tuesday's midterm elections proved to be a good night for Republicans who gained control of the Senate by wide margins in many states. Four years ago during the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans had another good night when they took control of the House of Representatives. At the time, President Obama called the loss for Democrats a "shellacking." In a post-election press conference Wednesday, the president said Republicans "had a good night." Now that he is facing a Congress completely controlled by the opposing party, what -- if anything -- will get done in his final two years in office?
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President Obama Left Fighting for His Own Relevance

November 5, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Two things were clear long before the votes were counted on Tuesday night: President Obama would face a Congress with more Republicans for his final two years in office, and the results would be seen as a repudiation of his leadership.
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