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CNN Senior Political Analyst
So now comes the hard part.
Now that a key Senate committee has finally moved a health care bill, President Obama can get to work to try and figure out a final version of reform.
Now that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has recommended a large troop buildup in Afghanistan - setting off an internal debate about recalibrating strategy - the president can decide what he wants to do about the war.
And now that the stock market is on the rebound - while unemployment remains high - Obama can figure out how to come up with a "son of stimulus" package that targets jobs.
Tough decisions are part of the president's job description, after all.
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