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President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One on uly 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One on uly 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

2014 Midterm Offense v. Defense: ‘Disaster’ v. ‘Tough’ One

A “summer of disengagement” by President Barack Obama will lead to a “disaster” for Democrats in the Nov. 4 midterm election, according to the Republican overseeing his party’s strategy in House races. Voter disenchantment with Obama on issues including his...

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A video screen shows US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Ouistreham International Ceremony at Sword Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy, in Ouistreham, France, on June 6, 2014.

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A video screen shows US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Ouistreham International Ceremony at Sword Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy, in Ouistreham, France, on June 6, 2014.

No ‘New Cold War’ — Disappointed?

Why is everyone so anxious for a new Cold War? Is the current conflict with Russia, in which President Barack Obama today announced the newest round of sanctions following the downing of an airliner over Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists, a...

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A woman takes a selfie as President Barack Obama's helicopter lifts off from the South Lawn of the White House on June 26, 2014.

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A woman takes a selfie as President Barack Obama's helicopter lifts off from the South Lawn of the White House on June 26, 2014.

Obama’s Approval Slump: Elders and Women Driving it Down

It’s not only the support that President Barack Obama is losing that should concern his party heading into the midterm congressional elections. It’s whose support he’s losing. Below the surface of the latest measure of the president’s job approval today,...

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Robert "Bob" McDonald, former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co., with a copy of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework" while testifying during a nomination hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2014.

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Robert "Bob" McDonald, former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co., with a copy of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework" while testifying during a nomination hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $17 Billion

That’s the cost of a compromise bill that would address problems in the Veterans Administration’s health-care service. The legislation “makes certain that we address the immediate crisis of veterans being forced onto long waiting lines for health care,” Sen. Bernie...

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President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Arts to singer Linda Ronstadt in the East Room of the White House on July 28, 2014.

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President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Arts to singer Linda Ronstadt in the East Room of the White House on July 28, 2014.

Obama: Bo Has Not Eaten Any Art

Filmmaker Jeffrey Katzenberg and singer Linda Ronstadt played the White House: The two were among the recipients of the National Medal Of Arts presented by President Barack Obama today. “It has been 200 years since Dolley Madison saved the portrait...

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian during clashes following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem on July 25, 2014.

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian during clashes following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem on July 25, 2014.

Fighting on Beaches, Fields, Streets — and Twitter

Fighting on the beaches, fighting in the fields and streets — and fighting on the Internet: The Twitter campaign of the Israeli Defense Forces is waged in the same call to arms for a besieged nation’s defense that Winston Churchill...

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Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, eight, with a U.S. Border Patrol agent recording family information on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.

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Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, eight, with a U.S. Border Patrol agent recording family information on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.

Refugee Children: Humanitarian Challenge or Border Problem

Slowly, perhaps, political leaders around the United States are coming to understand the influx of more than 50,000 children from Central America as the humanitarian crisis which it is, as opposed to another sign of perennial border problems. “The influx...

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