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Obama agenda: Still strong with Latinos

“Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus almost resigned as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama's decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider's look at Petraeus' 37-year Army career,” AP writes. “Petraeus decided that resigning would be a ‘selfish, grandstanding move with huge political ramifications’ and that now was ‘time to salute and carry on,’ according to a forthcoming biography.” More: “The book also is peppered with Petraeus quotes that sound like olive branches meant to soothe Obama aides who feared Petraeus would challenge their boss for the White House.”

Political Wire: “In a hypothetical general election match-up against Mitt Romney, a new Pew Research poll finds President Obama wins the Latino vote by a 68% to 23% margin. These results are quite similar to the outcome of the 2008 presidential election, when Obama carried the Latino vote over Sen. John McCain by 67% to 31%.”

The New York Post: “One of the biggest and best-organized campaigns in Iowa doesn’t belong to any of the Republican presidential hopefuls — it’s President Obama’s. While the fight among Republican candidates has received all the attention, Obama’s re-election campaign has quietly put together a massive operation geared toward winning the Hawkeye State in the November general election. Obama also is running in the state’s Democratic caucus Tuesday night, the same night as the Republican contest, and the president will beam a live address to every caucus site.”