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Obama, Lincoln, Clinton, and new team of rivals

By James Crabtree  

The declaration of intelligence

The declaration of intelligence

This morning’s papers are full of the Clinton saga – the one which will never die – reborn. Beneath it, though, is a more interesting story, of Obama’s reading habits, the renewed influence of authors in the Oval Office, and Obama’s modelling himself on Abraham Lincoln.

President Bush occasionally let it be known that he was reading something; normally a religious text, or a neocon tract like Natan Sharansky’s The Case for Democracy. Yet, even without getting sidetracked into Bush-knocking, its…

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