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With gridlock the norm, Congress's approval rating is below 10 percent and the public has lost faith in its national leadership.

AP promoted me to the White House beat because I knew Clinton, his family, friends, and staff better than anybody in the national press corps. Those contacts helped me break a few stories and get my career in Washington jump-started.

'Argo,' 'Lincoln,' and 'Zero Dark Thirty,' three films honored with Best Picture Oscar nominations, lionize their Washington-anchored protagonists as crafty, competent, and virtually incorruptible.

Somebody must be up and somebody must be down. Trouble is, campaigns are messy, subtle creatures that don't follow convenient narratives.

A presidential debate is a job interview. And voters look for certain traits in people applying to be president.

Anything can go wrong in a debate, and Obama is not a perfect debater.

Obama shows no sign of easing up on negativity.

Hollywood has a history of raising expectations beyond Washington's reach, of appealing to the very American desire to mythologize political leaders, particularly the president.

Obama does not need to worry as much as past Democratic presidents about being labeled soft on national security - not after giving the order that led to the assassination of Osama bin Laden. No, his biggest concern is being labeled tone deaf on joblessness and debt.

Sitting in the Oval Office, beneath a painting of George Washington, with a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. over his right shoulder and a bust of Abraham Lincoln over his left shoulder, Obama told 'National Journal' that the country's economic woes are deep and endemic.

Washington's answer to a self-inflicted financial crisis reminded Americans why they so deeply distrust the political class. The 'fiscal cliff' process was secretive and sloppy, and the nation's so-called leadership lacked the political courage to address our root problems: joblessness and debt.

A dose of humility goes a long way in life and in politics.

If acknowledging that racial misgivings and misunderstandings are still a part of politics and life in America, I plead guilty.

The 2016 presidential election is ripe for the emergence of a game-changing political leader who either dramatically reforms one of the existing parties or mounts an independent bid.

Although we were never pals and occasionally butted heads, my relationship with Clinton and his wife, Hillary, made me a better journalist.

Blending hard-bitten realism with long-view optimism, Obama said that every 20 or 30 years brings a new cycle of pessimism in America.

Don't underestimate questions from the crowd; technology has made voters more informed than ever.

Every now and then, a presidential candidate surprises us with a truly human and honest moment.

Historians will likely give Obama credit for steering the country away from the brink of economic collapse in 2009.

If history is a guide, a victory for Obama means he faces the prospect of a second term dogged by scandal or inertia.