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A bilingual sign stands outside a polling center at a public library ahead of local elections on April 28 in Austin, Texas. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Bruce Springsteen performs during halftime of the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla., in 2009. In music, and increasingly in other industries, a relative handful of top performers take more and more of the spoils, says White House chief economist Alan Krueger. Mark J. Terrill/AP hide caption

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President Obama, with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at his side, calls on Congress on June 21, 2012, to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling. He is going to make that appeal again Friday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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California Citizens Redistricting Commission members sign resolutions certifying the final vote for new legislative and congressional maps at the Capitol in Sacramento in 2011. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks at Ellicott Dredges in Baltimore on May 17. The trip followed a visit by the company's president to Capitol Hill to testify in support of the Keystone XL pipeline. The White House says Obama's speech had nothing to do with Keystone, but environmental groups have been frustrated with his stance on the issue. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Senate Judiciary Committee meets to work on immigration legislation on May 9. Michael Reynolds/EPA/Landov hide caption

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The sudden eruption of second-term scandals is likely to cost President Obama his fondest dream for his presidency: the opportunity to transcend the partisan wars of Washington. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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The controversies facing his administration could be creating a stiff headwind for President Obama's second-term agenda. Jack Plunkett/AP hide caption

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Voters leave the Old Blanco Courthouse in Blanco, Texas, after casting their ballots in November 2012. Democrats hope demographics and a new organizational push give them a brighter future in Texas. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Deward Cawthon, a plant operator at the Federal Helium Reserve, walks through the Federal Crude Helium Enrichment Unit near Amarillo, Texas, in 2011. Joyce Marshall/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Some Democrats want to amend the immigration bill before the Senate to allow foreign-born same-sex spouses of Americans to qualify for green cards. Jason Reed/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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