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In this Oct. 30, 2013, photo, David Simas, Deputy Senior Adviser for Communications and Strategy, left, and Rob Nabors, Deputy Chief of Staff accompany President Barack Obama to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he travels to Boston to speak about the federal health care law. Obama is bringing back an internal White House political office as this year's congressional election approaches. Obama announced Jan. 24, 2014, that he's named Simas, a top adviser grappling with problems with his health care rollout, to oversee a new Office of Political Strategy and Outreach.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
In this Oct. 30, 2013, photo, David Simas, Deputy Senior Adviser for Communications and Strategy, left, and Rob Nabors, Deputy Chief of Staff accompany President Barack Obama to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he travels to Boston to speak about the federal health care law. Obama is bringing back an internal White House political office as this year's congressional election approaches. Obama announced Jan. 24, 2014, that he's named Simas, a top adviser grappling with problems with his health care rollout, to oversee a new Office of Political Strategy and Outreach.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(AP) Republicans will spend a fortune this year trying to exploit President Barack Obama's political weaknesses in the midterm elections. To try to keep the damage to a minimum, Obama has brought back the White House political office.


The office serves as a type of early warning system for Obama and Democrats. This year, everything the president does will affect and be affected by the campaigns being fought across the country.


Three years ago, the office moved from the White House to Obama's political operation in Chicago to focus on his re-election.


The new political office is a clearinghouse for data and advice flowing in and out of the White House. Run by a top Obama adviser and five staffers, it also advises the president on fundraisers, campaign visits and endorsements.


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