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Obama tests the bounds of lame-duckery
Obama tests the bounds of lame-duckery

There are two words every president, including Barack Obama, hates to hear: "lame duck." He's in year six of his eight-year run. His biggest accomplishments are all in the past; his remaining proposals are stymied by Congress. His popularity is mired near 40%, and voters tell pollsters they see him as a leader "who can't get things done." No wonder he's a little sensitive. The president has spent much of the year fending off lame-duckery, insisting that he's still hard at work, still bent on getting things done. "Let's pass some bills," he called out, mock-plaintively, to Congress last month. "It's lonely, me just doing...

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