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Vacation barbs the least of Obama's issues as he returns to DC

August 26, 2014
John Harwood | CNBC
The bad news for President Barack Obama, as he returns to work in Washington on Monday after a two-week vacation, is all around—armed conflict in Europe and the Middle East, unhappy voters and declining influence at home.
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Loss for Democrats in Midterm Elections Could Be Boon for Clinton

August 22, 2014
John Harwood | The New York Times
President Obama’s international woes give his former secretary of state good reason to seek political distance. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent foreign policy criticisms made that clear.
Attorney General Eric Holder
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Shared Vision, Varying Styles

August 20, 2014
Peter Baker, Matt Apuzzo | The New York Times
The two men in open-collar shirts sat facing each other, papers and a BlackBerry strewn on a coffee table, sober looks on both their faces. One leaned forward, gesturing with his left hand, clearly doing the talking. The other sat back in his chair, two fingers pressed to his temple as he listened intently.
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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

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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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