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In Meetings, On The Court To Discover 'Obama's Way'

Writer Michael Lewis was given unusual access to the president for six months for an article for Vanity Fair. Lewis tells Fresh Air that he found a "weird disjuncture between his powers and his powerlessness."
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Analysis: Few Congressional Obstacles To Stop-Gap Budget Measure

After five weeks of recess, Congress is finally back in session, and The Hill's Alex Bolton likes the odds that Congress will succeed at passing a stop-gap budget measure to prevent shutdown in October.

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Jorge Ramos: Debate Commission Stuck In 1950s

This year's presidential debates have no Latino moderators on the slate. So one network is taking matters into its own hands. Univision's Jorge Ramos is set to moderate discussions with each of the major party presidential candidates. He tells host Michel Martin it's time for the Commission on Presidential Debates to move into the 21st century.
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U.S. Embassy Attacks In North Africa Reverberate On White House Campaign

The death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans at the hands of extremists there quickly became an issue in the 2012 presidential race. Republican Mitt Romney accused the administration of making an "apology for America's values," and of sending "mixed messages to the world."
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Pro-Romney Advocacy Group: 'Enormous Opportunity' In Western Swing States

As conservative advocacy groups ike Americans for Prosperity shuffle their ad dollars, they are focusing on key swing states like Colorado. Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips says states like Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico "haven't seen the results from the president's policies."
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Protecting U.S. Diplomats Working Abroad

We chat with two former U.S. ambassadors for perspective about what the Libya consulate attacks will mean for American diplomacy and security abroad.

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Bill Clinton, Obama's New 'Secretary Of Explaining Stuff,' Takes Show On Road

President Obama has joked that he should appoint former President Bill Clinton as his "Secretary of Explaining Stuff." That's basically the job Clinton is embracing on the campaign trail after playing the role at the Democratic convention.
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U.S. Grows An Industrial Complex Along The Border

In today's dollars, the bill for U.S. immigration enforcement since 1986 comes to $219 billion — roughly the cost of the space shuttle program. About 80,000 government workers depend on immigration enforcement. Despite a drop in illegal immigration, the border industrial complex is here to stay.

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