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In a matter of weeks the front pages of broadsheets across the US will have a different focus to that of the past year. Gone will be the shots of charismatic campaign moments alongside commentary on the latest candidate misstep. Instead, reams of newsprint (and hours of cable network news) will be devoted to how newly re-elected President Obama or President Romney will approach the task ahead: leading a country that is home to over 300 million people, 50 distinct states and $16tn (€12.4tn) in debt.

Whether Barack Obama will overcome partisan divide…



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