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Obama takes centre stage

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Over in the US, the first TV debate occurs tonight for the 2012 Presidential election, between a number of Republican candidates - or potential candidates.

It is taking place in a week that has potentially transformed the prospects for the election, President Obama's best week since he came to power. On the day the president visits Ground Zero, the BBC's North America editor Mark Mardell reflects on the transformation of the Obama presidency.


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