(File) (John Gurzinski, Getty Images) No boost yet for Dems from fight with extremists

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First lady introduces new class of student poets

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18:  First lady Michelle Obama (C) stands with student Poets (L-R) Cameron Messinides, Madeleine LeCesne, Ashley Gong, Julia Falkner and Weston Clarks during the Presidents Committee on the Arts and the Humanities poetry reading in the Blue Room at the White House, September 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. The event was held to honor the five 2014 National Student Poets with the nation's highest honor for teen poets presenting original work.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Mark Wilson, 2014 Getty Images)

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