Republican political newcomer Gabriel Gomez heads into the final debate with veteran Democratic Congressman Edward Markey ahead of next week's special U.S. Senate election with one big hope, observers... more 
Republican political newcomer Gabriel Gomez heads into the final debate with veteran Democratic Congressman Edward Markey ahead of next week's special U.S. Senate election with one big hope, observers contend: that Markey screws up. Polls show Markey holds a solid lead in the heavily Democratic-leaning state as he vies to fill the seat vacated when President Barack Obama tapped John Kerry as secretary of state. General Keith Alexander, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said the NSA's data gathering programs have prevented potential terrorist attacks more than 50 times since September 11, 2001. Laden with foreign challenges, President Barack Obama is welcoming Iran's election results, taking the temperature of China's new leader and acknowledging that nations routinely spy on each other, all the while navigating difficult terrain with allies and Russia over Syria. For Obama, who would much rather be influencing domestic policy at this point in his second term, the issues currently defining his presidency center on his international relations and, by extension, how he deals with threats to U.S. security. less 
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Tue, Jun 18, 2013 2:00 PM EDT