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December 22, 2010


Lame Duck Session Turns Into Surprising Success

President Obama signed into law today the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members and the Senate approved a new nuclear treaty with Russia that the president had declared a top priority. Both measures cap what the Washington Post says was a six-week lame duck session "that was expected to reflect a weakened president" but has instead "turned into a surprising success."

"Those accomplishments come after Obama successfully negotiated a free-trade agreement with South Korea, reached a deal with Republicans that extended unemployment benefits and prevented a tax hike for millions of Americans and signed a bill that will make school lunches healthier."

The New York Times notes President Obama "rejected an opportunity to gloat about the successes of the past several weeks by declaring himself the 'comeback kid,' telling a reporter that the results are 'not a victory for me. It's a victory for the American people.'"












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