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USING THE MANDATE

For Obama, high expectations and high hurdles

Agenda to take shape in time of great crisis

Barack Obama, shown leaving with his wife, Michelle, after his victory speech Tuesday in Chicago, will become president at a time of huge budget deficits, a deep recession, and two wars. Barack Obama, shown leaving with his wife, Michelle, after his victory speech Tuesday in Chicago, will become president at a time of huge budget deficits, a deep recession, and two wars. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)
By Michael Kranish
Globe Staff / November 6, 2008

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WASHINGTON - When Barack Obama takes office in January, propelled by the greatest percentage of the popular vote by a Democratic presidential candidate since Lyndon Johnson in 1964, his party has high hopes that it has a mandate to push through the ambitious agenda Obama laid out in his campaign. (Full article: 978 words)

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