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President Barack Obama arrives to speak before signing an Executive Order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 31, 2014.

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President Barack Obama arrives to speak before signing an Executive Order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 31, 2014.

Obama: No ‘Twiddling Thumbs’

Is this an imperial presidency? President Barack Obama was asked about the stalemate on Capitol Hill and whether that has enabled him to embrace executive powers to their fullest. “I never have a green light. I’m bound by the Constitution....

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U.S. President Barack Obama enters the Brady Press Briefing Room on Aug. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama enters the Brady Press Briefing Room on Aug. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama: ‘What More Can You Do?’

“The nature of being president is that you’re always asking yourself, `What more can you do?”’ President Barack Obama said today. “Short of going to war,” there is little more the U.S. can do to dissuade Russian President Vladimir Putin...

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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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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014.

Kerry in Israel, West Bank: ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns

John Kerry is in town again. And his host, Benjamin Netanyahu, was quiet about it. For all the support for Israel that the U.S. has reiterated in the escalating conflict with Hamas, the State Department today was also talking about...

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet veterans and their families on Veterans Day, in Arlington National Cemetery. Photograph by Michael Reynolds via Bloomberg

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet veterans and their families on Veterans Day, in Arlington National Cemetery. Photograph by Michael Reynolds via Bloomberg

`West Wing Week:’ Edited-Reality TV

President Barack Obama has had a busy week, his first week since re-election. The White House has produced its own version of “West Wing” to dramatize it. There was that visit to Arlington National Cemetery for Veterans’ Day. There was...

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President Barack Obama arrives in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2012, for his first post election day news conference. Photograph by Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

President Barack Obama arrives in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2012, for his first post election day news conference. Photograph by Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

Obama: Election Soon `Forgotten’

On Day One of his presidency, Republican Mitt Romney liked to say in his TV ads, he’d start taking care of all sorts of business. He promised an ambitious agenda, starting with the repeal of “Obama-care.” On Day One after...

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