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A State of the Union scorecard shows Obama can live without Congress — By The State of the Union is like the Super Bowl. There's always a big buildup. It gets a large TV audience. The real action takes only an hour. And after it's over, it's analyzed to death and then largely forgotten. And so it will be tonight.

After a fortunate 2014, global woes and oil slide may catch up to U.S. — It was a pretty good year on the economic front for the United States, but not so good for the world's other three big economies: China, the European Union and Japan. Come 2015, their woes - and new problems of our own - may catch up with us.

The Kennedys: an excerpt from my upcoming White House history book, “Under This Roof” — Prior to 1960, Americans were accustomed to presidents who were old (Dwight Eisenhower), not particularly glamorous (Harry Truman) or ill (Franklin Roosevelt). First Ladies were also older, somewhat bland and - with the exception of Eleanor Roosevelt - not particularly interested in doing much more than attending to their husband's needs.

Why McConnell and Obama give reason for optimism — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Quack, quack. With just two weeks left, the 113th - and very lame duck - Congress is going out with a thud. Try and contain your surprise. A few bright spots have emerged that auger well for the new Congress that'll be sworn in Jan.

How to Build a 200,000 Twitter Following From Scratch — I'm often asked how I built a 200,000 follower Twitter account from scratch, without even using my name. Corporate communications types, television producers, others ask what's the secret, and how can I (or my company) do it? First, let's take a step back.

The Kennedy Assassination: No Conspiracy — Today is the 51st anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The murder of America's 35th president on November 22, 1963 was a monstrously traumatic, shattering event. It was over in about six seconds. And we've been arguing about it ever since.

“Theodore Roosevelt and the Dawn of the American Century” — Hours before his assassination on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln signed legislation creating the United States Secret Service. It wouldn't have saved him that night, nor would it have helped James Garfield before he was gunned down sixteen years later. That's because the original mission of the Secret Service was rather narrow: to stop currency counterfeiting.

History in a Minute: Abraham Lincoln meets his future assassin — On This Day: Nov. 9, 1863-Abraham Lincoln attended a play at Ford's Theatre: "The Marble Heart," starring his future assassin John Wilkes Booth. Booth - one of the most famous actors in America - played the villain "Raphael;" as Lincoln watched, "Raphael" made threatening remarks - putting his finger close to Lincoln's face.

What the Republican victory means for your money — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - After a big night for Republicans, who took control of the Senate and added to their already large majority in the House, what does it mean for you and your money? First, a very important point about the numbers.

Republicans in command by focusing on Obama, not economy — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - In a way, Republicans have already won Tuesday's midterm election by making the man they love to loathe, Barack Obama, its dominant theme. The president's relative silence - he has been largely AWOL from the campaign trail - is a validation of this GOP strategy, and has helped Republicans own the national conversation.
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Jan 25, 2015

President's day in New Delhi about to get under way (10 1/2 hours ahead of Eastern time. Monday's schedule:

Jan 25, 2015

President laid wreath at site of Gandhi cremation, viewed military reception; tea w/PM Modi (Photo/ @IndiaToday)

Jan 25, 2015

From India, President called Japan's Abe; expressed condolences over ISIS murder of a Japanese citizen

Jan 25, 2015

President greeted in New Delhi by Prime Minister Modi, U.S. Ambassador Verma, among others. Second trip to India as President. 56 degrees

Jan 24, 2015

@wolskia Not for a few months, sir. Send me an email and will put you on the list - thanks so much.

Jan 24, 2015

POTUS on death of Ernie Banks: "Somewhere, the sun is shining, the air is fresh..,and Mr. Class – "Mr. Cub" – is ready to play two." #Cubs

Jan 24, 2015

Air Force One refueling Ramstein Air Base Germany en route India

Jan 24, 2015

White House says President - headed to India shortly - will travel to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to visit new King Salman (Abdullah died Thurs)

Jan 24, 2015

President and Mrs. O departing shortly for India (Germany refueling stop)

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