Obama faces hard choices after good December

(Reuters, DEC 20 / Reuters)

THE TAKE | Just as he did in 2010, the president seems to shrug off a midterm election defeat. But this time he’s grown more assertive in acting unilaterally.

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Obama faces hard choices after good December

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