Obama tries to keep ‘hope and change’ alive

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DEBRIEF | Five and a half years into his presidency, Obama no longer has to run for re-election. But he is resurrecting his campaign rhetoric in a different context: as part of a midterm strategy of public speeches that hammer Republicans.

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