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NPR's Ari Shapiro (lower right) got the last question when President Obama spoke with reporters on Air Force One on Wednesday. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Reporter's Notebook

Meet The New Guy On Air Force One

President Obama took a two-day swing through the rural Midwest this week. In many ways, it was a typical domestic trip, but for NPR's Ari Shapiro, everything was new.

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A counter-demonstrator squares off with immigrant rights supporters during a protest outside Wrigley Field before the start of the Cubs game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday in Chicago. Dozens of people demonstrated outside the park calling for a boycott of the series to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial immigration law. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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