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Pitfalls of the Second Term

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Pitfalls of the Second Term

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Pitfalls of the Second Term

Pitfalls of the Second Term

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Only 16 U.S. presidents have been elected to a second term, and not all of those have gone well: Witness Ronald Reagan's Iran-Contra debacle and Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky scandal. On policy matters, controversial issues that presidents put off during their first term can cause trouble during their second term. Hear NPR's Robert Siegel and historian Robert Dallek.

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