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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 43.2%

President Barack Obama averaged a 43.2 percent approval rating during this year’s second quarter, according to Gallup. That’s one of the president’s worst showings during his 22 quarters in office, and just barely ahead of his average 42.4 percent approval...

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden on June 30, 2014.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden on June 30, 2014.

Biden as President: Has What Obama Lacks?

Joe Biden, Barack Obama says, would make a great president. The president then goes on to enumerate all the skills his vice president possesses for the top job, which rings with an awkward accounting of all the political skills and...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Orthodox festival to honor the birthday of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius on July 18, 2014, near Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Orthodox festival to honor the birthday of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius on July 18, 2014, near Moscow.

Putin’s Popularity Peaking

For all the trouble that Russia’s incursion into Ukraine has caused in Europe and the United States, for all the sanctions that European Union and U.S. allies have imposed on Russian business interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin is as popular as...

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President Barack Obama prepares to get into a driving simulator while touring the Federal Highway Administration's Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center on July 15, 2014 in Mclean, Virginia.

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President Barack Obama prepares to get into a driving simulator while touring the Federal Highway Administration's Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center on July 15, 2014 in Mclean, Virginia.

Obama at the Wheel: Wheels Off the Road

President Barack Obama got a little giddy today when he had a chance to get behind the wheel of the car for a few minutes. Never mind that the car wasn’t on a road  – nor did it go anywhere. “Everybody,...

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US President Barack Obama meets with Kinsey Button, a student at the University of Texas who wrote a letter to the president in January explaining her family's struggle to lead a middle class life when both of her parents lost their jobs, at a restaurant in Austin, Texas, on July 10, 2014.

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US President Barack Obama meets with Kinsey Button, a student at the University of Texas who wrote a letter to the president in January explaining her family's struggle to lead a middle class life when both of her parents lost their jobs, at a restaurant in Austin, Texas, on July 10, 2014.

Lunch — Make that Coffee — With Obama

Updated at 2:05 p.m. When 20-year-old Kinsey Button went to have lunch with the president of the United States at Magnolia Cafe in Austin, Texas, she probably expected to get a meal. And maybe she did. But not under the watchful...

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's shadow is cast as he applauds Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes during a campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's shadow is cast as he applauds Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes during a campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Obama: Democrats Have ‘Congenital Disease’ in Midterms

President Barack Obama may have a congenital case of using the phrase “congenital disease” to describe a persistent drop-off in Democratic voter-turnout in midterm elections. Obama dropped the phrase again at a fundraiser yesterday for Senate Democrats in Colorado, where...

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Detainees do art work under a camouflage tent at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, on June 18, 2014, in Brownsville,Texas.

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Detainees do art work under a camouflage tent at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, on June 18, 2014, in Brownsville,Texas.

Portman: Obama Should Go Prime Time on Border Crisis

A Republican senator with an eye on the White House delivered some advice to President Barack Obama on how to sell his plan to combat a wave of children illegally immigrating from Central America: Tell their parents they’re not welcome....

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