President Barack Obama will begin a political road trip on Thursday taking his message about college affordability to New York State and Pennsylvania. An Andrea Mitchell Reports panel talks about the president's determination - and the things that keep getting in the way of his attempts to refocus.
President Barack Obama talks about the three main goals of his plan to improve the chances that young people can better afford to go to college in the future.
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President Barack Obama speaks on education at University of Buffalo on August 22, 2013 in Buffalo, New York.
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A man carries a boy as he runs with other civilians to take cover after what activists said was a missile strike by Syrian Air Force fighter jets loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in Raqqa province, eastern Syria August 21, 2013.
NBC News' Richard Engel reports on the latest in Syria, where rebels are claiming the government carried out a chemical attack in a suburb of Damascus.
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Newark Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker addresses a gathering after winning the Democratic primary election for the seat vacated by the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Newark, N.J.
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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, flanked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., right, and Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz says "Obamcare" is causing more and more people struggling to climb the economic ladder to lose their health care" when addressing hecklers during a "Defund Obamacare" speech.
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Senator Ted Cruz released his Canadian birth certificate to Reuters on Tuesday.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz fields reporter questions on his birth in Canada and his move to renounce his Canadian citizenship.
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The Rev. Randy Argueta and other evangelical leaders from around the country pray for ''biblical'' immigration reform that ''respects the rule of law, reunites families and upholds human dignity'' at Washington D.C.'s Church of the Reformation.
A Meet the Press roundtable and Rep. Steve King discuss the immigration overhaul currently making its way through Congress.