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It’s crunch time for Obama’s agenda


The following is from the July 1, 2009, edition of The Christian Science Monitor. Political Science Professor Cal Jillson of SMU's Dedman College provided expertise for this story.

July 7, 2009

By Linda Feldmann  

It’s July 1, and the bell has rung for perhaps the most crucial month yet in Barack Obama’s presidency.

By the end of the month, it should be clear whether President Obama’s top legislative initiatives – healthcare reform and climate-change legislation – are on track. They don’t need to be signed and sealed, but both require significant progress in Congress during this next stretch before the August recess, analysts say. . . 

Analysts warn against reading too much into the July sprint toward the August recess. “It’s true that in the next months, important things will happen, but it’s not make or break,” says Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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