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Obama, Down but Not Out, Presses Ahead

November 14, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Obama emerged from last week’s midterm election rejected by voters, hobbled politically and doomed to a final two years in office suffering from early lame-duck syndrome. That, at least, was the consensus in both parties. No one seems to have told Mr. Obama.
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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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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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The Backstory | 15 Years of News: A Look Back

October 8, 2014
How much has the world changed since Gwen Ifill became the moderator of Washington Week? That is the question she tackles with TIME Magazine's Michael Duffy, who was a panelist on her first show on October 1, 1999. From the impeachment of President Clinton to the consequences of September 11th to the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, they traverse the key historical news moments of the last 15 years.
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We're not getting the federal government we deserve

October 6, 2014
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
Whatever happened to good old American know-how? The nation that invented modern management seems to be suffering a crisis of competence.
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How a presidential candidate’s personal life changed political journalism

October 3, 2014
When did the more intimate -- and sometimes sordid -- aspects of the personal lives of politicians become fair game for reporters? Matt Bai of Yahoo News says it was back in 1987, when presidential candidate Gary Hart’s extramarital dalliance was made public. Bai joins Gwen Ifill to discuss his new book, "All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid."
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Some Blacks See Secret Service as Flawed Shield for the President

October 3, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents?
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Showing Concern for the President, Even While Criticizing Him

October 1, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Obama must be touched by all the concern Republicans are showing him these days. As Congress examines security breaches at the White House, even opposition lawmakers who have spent the last six years fighting his every initiative have expressed deep worry for his security.
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Intruder ran farther into White House than previously disclosed

September 30, 2014
Christi Parsons, Brian Bennett | Tribune Newspapers
The intruder who broke into the White House this month made it beyond the front door and past an armed guard, then ran about 100 feet inside, much farther than previously disclosed, a federal law enforcement official said Monday.
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