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Campaign manager Jim Messina says the documentary was directed by Davis Guggenheim, whose credits include the Academy Award-winning “An Inconvenient Truth,” about Al Gore’s global-warming campaign.

Mr. Messina says the documentary will “put into perspective the enormous challenges that the nation faced when the president took office and the strides we’ve made together.”

Campaigns frequently release documentary films to reach voters and amplify the narrative of a candidate’s message. In 1992, TV producers Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason helped create “The Man From Hope,” a campaign biography of Bill Clinton.


Lawmakers OK lawsuit bill for Holocaust survivors

A House panel has approved legislation that would allow Holocaust survivors to sue foreign insurance companies for benefits stemming from policies confiscated during the Nazi era.

The Foreign Affairs Committee approved the legislation by voice vote Wednesday. It would allow aging survivors access to U.S. courts and force companies such as Germany’s Allianz SE and Italy’s Assicurazioni Generali to disclose lists of policies held by Jews before World War II.

The bill says that in many cases, insurance company records and government archives are the only proof of the existence of many of the insurance policies.

Survivors contend that they could be owed an estimated $20 billion for the loss of family members.


Mueller describes GPS problem from court ruling

A recent Supreme Court ruling is forcing the FBI to deactivate its GPS tracking devices in some investigations, agency director Robert S. Mueller said Wednesday.

Mr. Mueller told a congressional panel that the bureau has turned off a substantial number of GPS units and is using surveillance by agents instead.

“Putting a physical surveillance team out with six, eight, 12 persons is tremendously time intensive,” Mr. Mueller told a House Appropriations subcommittee. The court ruling “will inhibit our ability to use this in a number of surveillances where it has been tremendously beneficial.”

In January, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed to bar police from installing GPS technology to track suspects without first getting a judge’s approval.

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