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Obama bids good riddance to a dismal political year
Obama bids good riddance to a dismal political year

Despite a late-year appearance of hopeful economic indicators and an 11th-hour boost in his Gallup Poll approval, 2014 bowed out as a distinct disappointment for President Barack Obama as he faces the last two lame-duck years in his presidency. The temporary uplift from his 2012 re-election was washed away two years later by the sweeping defeat of his Democratic Party in the November midterm congressional and gubernatorial elections, boding even deeper partisanship in Congress with the Republican takeover of the Senate. From a longer and even more depressing perspective, the last 14 years have marked a stalemate of sorts in American foreign policy. Mr. Obama's presidency has been...

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