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President Obama visits Capitol Hill

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January 30, 2009
As President Obama travels to Capitol Hill to meet with Democrats about the trade negotiations, we look in our Vault to 2009 when the president headed to the Hill only a week after his inauguration.
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Mafia-Like Islamic State Taxes and Extorts Like a Drug Cartel

June 10, 2015
Indira Lakshmanan | Bloomberg
In the last year, a once-obscure extremist group has overrun some of Iraq’s major cities, seized control of oil wells, industries and banks and emerged as the world’s richest and most feared terrorist force.
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Top U.S. Military Official Seeks to Assure Israel on Security

June 10, 2015
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
The Obama administration on Tuesday increased its efforts to ease Israel’s opposition to a possible nuclear deal with Iran, as the top American military leader assured Israeli officials that the United States would further strengthen Israel’s arsenal of arms, warplanes and cybertechnology.
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Obama Weighs Adding Military Trainers in Iraq

June 9, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama, juggling U.S. worries abroad and a few at home, said he’s formulating new military options to degrade the Islamic State by speeding up U.S.-led training of Iraqi fighters and thwarting ISIL’s recruitment of foreign fighters.
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Obama raises possibility of allowing U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood

June 3, 2015
Christi Parsons, Michael Memoli | Los Angeles Times
President Obama took a step toward a tougher line with Israel in an interview released Tuesday, raising the possibility that the U.S. will allow a United Nations vote on issues related to the Palestinians if the two sides make no meaningful movement toward peace.
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John Kerry’s career marked by physical and political mishaps

June 2, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
There was the time he was caught lounging on his yacht amid a coup in Egypt. A snowboarding crash in Idaho before a pack of reporters. And, of course, the infamous 2004 windsurfing outing that became a devastating George W. Bush campaign ad.
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Obama’s immigration executive actions on hold until legal challenge is resolved

May 29, 2015
President Obama's executive orders on immigration are stalled. His signature immigration plan, which would grant work permits and deportation protection to millions, suffered a major blow when a federal court refused to allow it to take immediate effect. Gwen Ifill discusses what all of this means with Stephen Legomsky of the Washington University School of Law and Alan Gomez of USA Today.
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Obama, in Miami, Comments on Extreme Weather, Terrorism, Cuban-Americans and Basketball

May 29, 2015
| The New York Times
The visit lasted less than 24 hours, but President Obama managed to use a stop in South Florida to maximum advantage as he touched on some of the highest priorities of an administration heading into its final stages.
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To fight the Islamic State, Obama joins hands with Iran's proxies

May 28, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
U.S. officials, stunned by the Islamic State’s gains, are making a risky bet on Shiite militias in Iraq.
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