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Obama agenda: Policy, not politics

The AP: “Reuniting with supporters and top-tier donors who fueled his re-election victory, President Barack Obama on Wednesday told a grass-roots group springing out of his campaign that they can play an equally powerful role in helping his ambitious second-term agenda come to fruition.”

Obama told the group: “"Because the usual idea is, well, this must just be a mechanism to try to win the next election in 2014. And what we've tried to explain to people is, is that, no, I actually just want to govern -- at least for a couple of years -- but I also want to make sure that the voices of ordinary people are heard in the debates that are going to be taking place.” More: “I've graduated. I've run my last campaign. But we’re not done with the work that led me to run in the first place.”

And: "If you have a senator or a congressman in a swing district who is prepared to take a tough vote -- or what they consider to be a tough vote -- on immigration reform, or legislation around background checks for guns, I want to make sure that they feel supported.”

Beth Reinhard: “Leaking political capital amid continued dysfunction in Washington, President Obama delivered a pep talk Wednesday to supporters of his new advocacy group trying to lift a gridlock-defying agenda of immigration reform, gun control and climate change.”

The L.A. Times: “President Obama met with more than a dozen corporate chief executives to seek their support for stalled cyber-security legislation amid increasing evidence that government agencies, businesses and individuals are vulnerable to computer network break-ins. The closed-door session Wednesday at the White House came a day after the nation's top intelligence officials warned in a Senate hearing that cyber attacks and digital spying have eclipsed terrorism as the top threat to national security.”

The New York Times: “The Justice Department’s independent inspector general on Tuesday portrayed its voting rights section as torn by ‘deep ideological polarization’ and ‘the harassment and marginalization of employees and managers’ by both liberal and conservative factions dating to the Bush administration and continuing into the Obama era.”

Ahead of Obama’s trip to Israel next week, Haaretz bills him as “The president who holds Israel's fate in the palm of his hand.”

So, Baghdad’s still not a safe place – 18 were killed in a “series of blasts.”

First Lady Michelle Obama is on the cover of Vogue.