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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

Obama’s Five-Point Party Pitch — Pelosi Suggests Stepping it Up

He may not be looking so great these days, President Barack Obama says, but the economy is looking up. The political picture in Washington remains bleaker, however, the president said in a pitch today to some of his party’s top...

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Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Farley, and Charles Richard Crane in Warm Springs, Georgia, on Dec. 7, 1931.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Farley, and Charles Richard Crane in Warm Springs, Georgia, on Dec. 7, 1931.

Obama No Jim Farley: Nader

Barack Obama is no Jim Farley. That’s Ralph Nader’s conclusion, in a letter to the president which also accuses Obama of demonstrating “impaired moral authority.” The longtime consumer advocate’s complaints run to the nation’s supply of weaponry to Israel, which...

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Netherlands Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Mollema, left, after signing a condolence book at the Netherlands Embassy on July 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Netherlands Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Mollema, left, after signing a condolence book at the Netherlands Embassy on July 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama at Dutch Embassy — and Fence-Mending in Germany

President Barack Obama paid his respects today. At the Dutch embassy in Washington. Obama arrives at Dutch embassy to pay his respects to #MK17 victims. pic.twitter.com/tIKptCxyZ4 — Angela GreilingKeane (@agreilingkeane) July 22, 2014 The majority of the 298 people killed...

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President Barack Obama gives a high-five to Jimmy Kimmel at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama gives a high-five to Jimmy Kimmel at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Date Scrubbed — Fundraising Goes On

President Barack Obama, who’s not shy about appearing on late-night talk shows, is going to bypass comedian Jimmy Kimmel, for now. The entertainment news website TMZ said yesterday that Obama would appear on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Los Angeles while making a three-day,...

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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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