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Obama agenda: A day of campaigning and fundraising

The Boston Globe: “President Obama exhorted a crowd of thousands to support US Senate hopeful Edward J. Markey, who Obama said, would ‘carry on the legacy of John Kerry and Ted Kennedy’ and ‘be my partner.’”

Obama stopped in for a burger to go at a famous sandwich shop in Boston. He left $20 for an $8 burger and encouraged people to vote for Markey. The Boston Globe: “Ronny Alfaro, who cooked the presidential patty in Charlie’s tiny kitchen, said security personnel stood by the grill and watched him prepare the meal. ‘I was pretty nervous,’ Alfaro said. ‘The guy who brought the order in was like, ‘This is for the president of the United States... I just started cooking.’”

Obama then raised money for the DNC in Miami. He said, “I can't do it by myself. I've got to have partners. … All too often, we're not getting cooperation from the other side. … It'd be a lot easier if I had a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate. We've got a lot more work to do. It's going to be absolutely critical that everybody here feels the same urgency … over the next year and a half."

Bill Clinton sounds more hawkish on Syria than President Obama. He told John McCain at a closed event for the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Manhattan, per Politico: “Some people say, ‘Okay, see what a big mess it is? Stay out!’ I think that’s a big mistake. I agree with you about this. Sometimes it’s just best to get caught trying, as long as you don’t overcommit — like, as long as you don’t make an improvident commitment.”

AP: “The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) about North Korea’s nuclear program and a territorial dispute with China. The two leaders agreed in a phone call Wednesday to collaborate to end Pyongyang’s (pyuhng-yahng) nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The White House says they also discussed the need for stability and dialogue about the East China Sea.”