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Obama seeks the seeds of solutions

CHICAGO — Only hours after the thunderous ovations ended and President Obama had managed a short night’s sleep, the challenges beyond his hard-won victory quickly eclipsed the sights and sounds of a raucous celebration.

America’s longest war, in Afghanistan, has not ended. The nuclear ambitions of Iran remain a threat. The economy is still struggling, the federal debt has not evaporated — and the bitter divisions that continue to hobble the country need to be bridged.

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