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What does the King Cove road project say about Obama’s clout?

By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 9 hrs ago

What does the political wrangling over a one-lane gravel road (King Cove Road search HG) through 10 miles of a remote Alaskan wildlife refuge tell us about President Barack Obama’s influence with Congress? Plenty, as it turns out.

Inside the Beltway, reporters and political players have been consumed with trying to gauge the prospects for Obama's second-term agenda in light of his defeat in the fight over a bipartisan bill to enhance background checks of would-be gun buyers. Can he twist arms? Can he cut deals? Is Congress immune to his charms and his threats?

On Monday, the New York Times' analysis was that....