Left to right: New Hampshire Republican Senate hopefuls Dennis Lamare, Kelly Ayotte, Jim Bender and Ovide Lamontagne before a candidates forum in Barnstead, N.H., on Aug. 17. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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A drilling platform is seen near the site where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama gives a speech July 15 at the groundbreaking for a battery plant in Holland, Mich. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks at Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City, Mo., last week. The White House compares today's green technology grants to early investments in the Internet. Smith Electric received a $32 million Recovery Act grant. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama answers a question at a town hall-style event on the economy on June 30 at Racine Memorial Hall in Wisconsin. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Presidential candidate Barack Obama met with Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in July 2008. Dan Balilty/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks in the Rose Garden after meeting with Sen. Bob Graham (left), chairman of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, and former EPA administrator William K. Reilly. hide caption

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Thurgood Marshall with George E.C. Hayes (left) and James M. Nabrit (right) outside the Supreme Court building on May 17, 1954. The three lawyers had just led the fight for abolition of segregation in public schools before the Supreme Court, which ruled that segregation was unconstitutional. AP hide caption

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President Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist walk along Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach, Fla., Tuesday while visiting the region affected by BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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President Obama flew across the Gulf Coast, traveling by Marine One, to meet with residents about the BP oil spill on June 4. Democrats in Congress, who face a political risk by defending the administration's handling of the spill, have been cautious about praising Obama's efforts. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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