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Obama agenda: What to do with Syria?

“President Obama did not start the Syrian crisis, and the blood-soaked civil war has never lent itself to easy choices. In fact, the choices have always been among the hardest any U.S. president has faced in the region,” Major Garrett writes in National Journal.

National Journal’s Sanger-Katz: “President Obama acknowledged reality when he said Tuesday that the rollout of the health reform law next year is going to be interrupted by ‘glitches and bumps.’ But if the past is any indication, an initial spate of difficulties or bad headlines won't alone spell failure.”

As one of us wrote yesterday, “A new poll indicates many Americans are still unclear about the details of the new law and, in some cases, unaware it’s actually law of the land. A whopping 42 percent of Americans do not know that the Affordable Care Act is, in fact, law. Included in that 42 percent -- 12 percent believe it has been repealed by Congress, 7 percent think the U.S. Supreme Court overturned it, and 23 percent are unsure of its status, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll.”

“President Obama said Tuesday that the administration is investigating how counterterrorism authorities handled intelligence about Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother to determine if American can do a better job of preventing future terrorist attacks by self-radicalized individuals,” the Boston Globe reports.

“President Barack Obama’s prospects for a sweeping legislative victory this year now rest almost solely on the immigration overhaul working its way through Congress. But immigration’s tricky politics have created a dilemma for a president fighting for an issue he considers central to his legacy,” the AP writes. “If Obama is too closely aligned with the legislation, it could scare away Republicans wary of appearing to hand the president a win. But if he stays on the sidelines and the overhaul runs into trouble on Capitol Hill, Obama likely will be criticized for not using his presidential powers to fight for votes, as he was following the recent failure of gun control measures he championed. In the coming weeks the White House will test whether Obama can take on a more public role in the immigration debate after largely ceding the issue to Congress for much of the year. The president will ramp up his immigration-related travel this spring and summer, including a trip this week to Mexico and Costa Rica. The White House also is planning to use Spanish-language media to bolster public support for a comprehensive bill.”