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Barack Obama’s evolution from change candidate to status quo President

  President Barack Obama’s convention evolution is complete. Eight years ago, the little-known Democrat rocketed into the political spotlight with a soaring convention keynote address. Four years later, he accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination and became its standard bearer. On Thursday and now the president, Obama took the stage fighting for his job. “I recognize that times have changed since I first spoke to this convention,” Obama said. “The times have changed, and so have I.” “I’m no longer just a candidate. I’m the president,” he said, drawing cheers from the crowd of 15,000. It was a telling transformation for
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Obama attempts to make case for re-election

President Barack Obama’s fall mission: Remind voters why they chose him in the first place, hope the economy doesn’t get worse — and paint Mitt Romney as an unacceptable alternative. “On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America,” the Democrat said as he accepted his party’s nomination. His re-election is far from certain and his task is far from easy, despite the built-in advantages of incumbency. In a sharp reminder of that, his administration was releasing its August jobs report early
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Pentagon: Navy SEAL violated secrecy agreement with bin Ladin book

The Pentagon on Thursday released new details about a secrecy agreement signed by a former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, escalating its argument that the commando violated promises not to disclose classified information. While declining to make public the non-disclosure document signed by Matt Bissonnette, who wrote under the pseudonym “Mark Owen,” a Defense Department spokesman shared with Reuters a secrecy agreement he said was identical to it: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/infomgt/forms/eforms/dd1847-1.pdf The spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale, said Bissonnette violated his pledge simply by sharing the original manuscript of the
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Obama’s team not expecting big post-convention boost in polls

President Barack Obama is expected to lay out his vision for a second term, even as advisers say they don’t anticipate a big bounce in the polls following the Democratic National Convention. White House senior adviser David Plouffe (pluhf) tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” he expects the race to remain “tight as a tick” until Election Day. Plouffe says Americans will have a clear sense of where Obama thinks the country should go after his speech Thursday night. Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod says he was thrilled with former President Bill Clinton’s speech, which laid out the convention’s most forceful
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Bill Clinton plays fast and loose with facts in convention speech

It’s a fact of life in Washington that what one party considers a principled stand, the opposition considers pigheadedness. Compromise? That’s the other guy’s problem. But when former President Bill Clinton took the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, he portrayed President Barack Obama as a pragmatic compromiser who has been stymied at every turn by Republicans. There was no mention of the role that the president and the Democrats have played in grinding compromise to a halt on some of the most important issues facing the country. That was among the lines by the former president and
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Price-gouging rampant in Charlotte during Democratic convention

A budget hotel room goes for $500 a night. A turkey bagel sandwich will set you back $9. Five bucks will get you a single President Barack Obama button. Are we in Charlotte anymore? Clearly, this is no average week in North Carolina’s largest city. The Democratic National Convention may be a financial boom to merchants and hotels in and around Charlotte, but it is putting a deep dent in some people’s wallets. Delegates from the 50 states and other convention guests are not the only ones feeling the financial pain. Advocates say the city’s poor and homeless are among
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Obama: An ‘over-competitve egotist’ who is not as good as he thinks he is

Four years ago, Barack Obama could do no wrong in the eyes of the mainstream media. That was then, this is now. Recent articles by a once-fawning media portray Obama as an egomaniac, obsessed with winning at all cost, convinced of his own self-perceived superiority and unable to admit his faults. Even the mighty New York Times is questioning the former golden boy of American politics. Writes Jodi Kantor this week: Even by the standards of the political world, Mr. Obama’s obsession with virtuosity and proving himself the best are remarkable, those close to him say. (Critics call it arrogance.)
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Can Obama sell Romney as a Bush retread to a divided nation?

Democrats assemble Tuesday to re-nominate Barack Obama for the presidency, to sell him as the wise and humane alternative to Republican challenger Mitt Romney, a pitch that will be repeated endlessly over the next two months to an American electorate that is more politically divided than at any time in at least a quarter century. As they watch the political stagecraft, there may be only one thing all Americans can agree on: Deep concern over the struggling American economy that has made only a halting recovery from the Great Recession and near meltdown of the U.S. financial sector just before
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For Obama, 2012 requires a new message

We campaign in poetry, Mario Cuomo used to say, but we govern in prose. This was how the then-New York governor explained the gap between his soaring speeches and the more prosaic product of his government, when the springtime of campaign hopes succumbed to the winter of governing discontent. That was a generation ago. But it is a pithy summary of Barack Obama’s challenge as he goes before his convention this week. There are a lot of very angry people in the country, out of work or living on less. But anger is not the dominant political sentiment among the
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Democratic platform supports same sex marriage, abortion rights

Democrats unveiled a party platform at their national convention Monday that echoes President Barack Obama’s call for higher taxes on wealthier Americans while backing same-sex marriage and abortion rights. Delegates will vote Tuesday to adopt the platform that reflects the president’s argument that his work is unfinished and he deserves another four years to complete the job. “Today, our economy is growing again, al-Qaeda is weaker than at any point since 9/11, and our manufacturing sector is growing for the first time in more than a decade. But there is more we need to do, and so we come together
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