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With Veto Threat, Obama and Congress Head for Collision Over Keystone Pipeline

January 7, 2015
Coral Davenport | The New York Times
The White House on Tuesday made it clear that President Obama would veto a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up an immediate clash with Republicans just as they assume control of Congress.
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Obama's drug-sentencing quagmire

January 5, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to commute the sentences of nonviolent drug offenders who were caught up in the disparities in laws governing crack and powder cocaine is lagging, burdened by vague guidelines, lack of Justice Department resources and the unusual decision to invite advocacy groups like the ACLU to help screen applications, according to lawyers close to the process.
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North Korean Sanctions, Freshmen Members of Congress to Watch, and Remembering Mario Cuomo

January 2, 2015
Sending a message to Kim Jong Un, no charges for John Hinckley and looking back at Mario Cuomo's life.

Shifting Political Landscape in 2015

January 2, 2015
With a Republican-controlled Congress, what's in store for Obama's final 2 years?
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Obama and the Lessons That Will Guide Him in 2015

January 2, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama’s personal ambition this week may have been as simple as improving his chip shot, but before he abandoned Washington for Oahu’s lush golf greens at the end of 2014, the president’s public reflections sounded a lot like “Lessons I Plan to Apply to Governing After Six Bumpy Years.”
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Obama's 2014: Buffeted Yet Buoyed by Late-Year Uptick

December 29, 2014
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama is ending 2014 in better shape than he probably imagined was possible just a few months ago. U.S. economic performance brightened and corporate profits soared. Consumer confidence rose, along with financial markets. Seemingly in the swell of the December holidays, the president’s moribund job approval numbers floated upward. And millions of people signed up to get or keep health coverage for a second year under Obama’s embattled legislative milestone, the Affordable Care Act.
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Doyle McManus' 2014 hits and misses

December 29, 2014
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
"Prediction is difficult, especially about the future,” Yogi Berra once said. Wait — let me correct that. It wasn't Yogi Berra; it was Niels Bohr. Or maybe Mark Twain. It's correction time. For columnists, the end of the year is a time to shed the flimsy mantle of omniscience and eat some crow. That's easy to do when your job is to think out loud twice a week.
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The Secret Service: Stretched to the breaking point

December 29, 2014
Carol Leonnig, Samuel Granados | The Washington Post
In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Secret Service struggled with expanded duties, more complex security threats and largely flat budgets followed by cuts. Security lapses occurred more often.

The Stories That Shaped 2014

December 26, 2014
From good economic news to foreign policy challenges, 2014 was eventful.
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