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Obama walks fund-raising tightrope

ATHERTON, Calif. — Making a down payment on his vow to go all in for Democrats in 2014, President Obama courted well-heeled donors in California on a two-day fund-raising jaunt that required him to walk a fine line: Berate Republicans too much, and Obama could put fragile prospects for achieving his second-term goals in jeopardy.

Obama’s California swing kicked off a concerted effort to help his party win back the House and keep its Senate majority next year. It is a mission that, if successful, would improve his playing field and help him secure his legacy during his final two years in office, a lame-duck period in which a president’s influence quickly ebbs.

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