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Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, columnist, reporter and television analyst. Since 2011, he has written a column for Bloomberg View, a worldwide commentary site housed under Bloomberg News. The Chicago native joins us to discuss his new book, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies. Read an excerpt.

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The National Security Agency is collecting phone records of Verizon wireless customers. We dig through the legal implications of doing this, and if this truly is an effective way to counter terrorism.

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President Obama proposed a $3.77 trillion budget for 2014 that would cut deficits by $1.8 trillion over the next decade. Eddie Arruza and his guests gauge market reaction to the potential cuts.

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Defense is one of many areas facing cuts in Congress' expected sequester. Economics professors debate what this means for your budget.

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The first young immigrant in Illinois to receive work authorization under President Obama's deportation-relief order is now working for a U.S. congressman. We bring you his story.

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The First Lady’s role in the public imagination has changed dramatically since her husband was first elected. We look at the deeper meaning behind her image.

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President Obama had little time to relish his re-election. He is back in Washington working with legislators to try to avoid the looming fiscal cliff. We dive into what that cliff is, and whether it can be avoided.

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Elizabeth Brackett reports with reaction to President Obama's victory from his headquarters at McCormick Place.

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President Barack Obama wins re-election as Mitt Romney concedes late Tuesday night.

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Tonight is the final presidential debate. With 15 days to go, both campaigns are targeting the undecided voters in swing states. But, how much sway will this debate have? And what are the polls saying? Carol Marin and her guests have the latest on the presidential and congressional races.

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Phil Ponce and his panel talk about President Obama’s election night party at McCormick Place. Watch the web-exclusive conversation.

What Comes Next in the Presidential Race?

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Will President Obama's strong performance at Tuesday's debate stall Mitt Romney's momentum in key swing states? With just 19 days to go until the election, we discuss the candidates' possible paths to victory.

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Who came out on top after the first presidential debate? We have the analysis.

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Former Chicago Public Radio host Steve Edwards talks about his switch from broadcasting to a new gig at the University of Chicago.

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On Oct. 9, PBS’ FRONTLINE will present The Choice 2012, a two-hour long documentary outlining definitive portraits of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

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Joel Weisman and his panel take a look at Mitt Romney’s controversial comments at a Republican fundraiser. Was it a refreshing moment of honesty or a political gift to President Obama? Watch the web-exclusive conversation.

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