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Why Obama can’t go there

August 20, 2014
Todd Purdum | Politico
It’s a paradox of Barack Obama’s presidency: The first African-American to run the country finds himself in the tensest racial confrontation of his tenure but is constrained from addressing the nation’s original sin in anything but the loftiest, most dispassionate terms.
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President Obama chooses his words carefully on Michael Brown

August 19, 2014
Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey | Tribune Newspapers
As they watched police in military gear spread tear gas in a St. Louis suburb in recent days, White House aides knew President Obama would be expected to weigh in on race.
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President Nixon's Resignation

Air Date: 
August 9, 1974
The fallout from Watergate, Nixon's attempt to defund Washington Week, and his eventual resignation.
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Crises Cascade and Converge, Testing Obama

July 23, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly disparate foreign policy crises all at once — in Ukraine, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere — but making the current upheaval more complicated for Mr. Obama is the seemingly interlocking nature of them all.
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U.S. to reduce troop level in Afghanistan to 9,800 by year's end

July 9, 2014
Christi Parsons, David S. Cloud | Los Angeles Times
President Obama's plan to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to fewer than 10,000 by year's end seeks to balance fear that a speedier withdrawal would push Afghan forces to collapse against his desire to end more than a decade of war.
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Bush and Obama at West Point: Bookends of a Foreign Policy Era

July 8, 2014
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
Two presidents. One stage. A dozen years apart. One was speaking to the West Point graduating class that would be the first to go off to a kind of war this country had never fought before. In that June 1, 2002, commencement address, George W. Bush made the case that in the post 9/11 era, " If we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long. ... Our security will require all Americans to be forward-looking and resolute, to be ready for preemptive action when necessary to defend our liberty and to defend our lives."
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Remembering Reagan: 10 Years Later

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June 11, 2004
President Ronald Reagan, known as "the great communicator," died ten years ago on June 5, 2004. In this Washington Week vault, Gwen Ifill talks to Dan Balz of the Washington Post and Tom Gjelten of NPR about the leadership and legacy of Reagan and the domestic and international impact of his eight years in office.
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