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Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama on Dec. 17 in the Oval Office, where they discussed recent moves on Cuba and immigration, and prospects for cooperation with a GOP-dominated Congress. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Despite Election Defeat, Obama Sees Room To Push His Agenda

President Obama begins his administration's final phase the way he began several others: recovering from disaster, in this case the loss of the Senate. He's striving to show he won't be a lame duck.

Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama on Dec. 17 in the Oval Office, where they discussed recent moves on Cuba and immigration, and prospects for cooperation with a GOP-dominated Congress. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Despite Election Defeat, Obama Sees Room To Push His Agenda

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Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

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Not Just A Man's Drink: Ladies Lead The Whiskey Renaissance

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Nonprofit Fights Illiteracy By Getting Books To Kids Who Need Them

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United Arab Emirates Shows Off Its Military Might

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Road Salt Contributes To Toxic Chemical Levels In Streams

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