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Obama Economy Mission Unfulfilled as He Speaks on State of Union

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President Barack Obama first spoke before a joint session of Congress during the depths of a recession. Four years later, much of the mission he laid out remains unaccomplished.

When Obama delivers his State of the Union address tonight, he’ll still be confronting the central challenge of his presidency: The unemployment rate is only a few tenths of a percentage point lower than it was in February 2009, middle- income Americans are earning less, and the economy stalled in the last three months of 2012.

Goldman’s Blankfein to Join Obama Immigration Meeting

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President Barack Obama will meet today with a dozen chief executive officers including Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Lloyd Blankfein and Yahoo! Inc.’s Marissa Mayer as part of his campaign to pressure lawmakers to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws, the White House said.

Obama Targets Romney Economics in Bain Attacks

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Bloomberg's Julianna Goldman reports that President Barack Obama cast his race against Republican Mitt Romney as a contest against a private-equity executive whose goal was maximizing profits, while the president’s job is to “figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot.”

European Woes Increase G-8 Summit Tension

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Bloomberg's Julianna Goldman reports that President Obama pushed for a Euro zone growth package as leaders of the Group of Eight nations urged Greece to stay in the euro area, even as an increasingly isolated Germany said Europe can’t spend its way out of the debt crisis.

Obama Says JPMorgan Loss Shows Need for Tighter Rules

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President Barack Obama said the specter of a well-run bank such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) suffering a $2 billion trading loss demonstrates the need for closer regulation of the financial services industry. On a day he raised cash from Wall Street donors at the New York apartment of Blackstone Group LP (BX) President Tony James and his campaign took aim at Republican Mitt Romney’s private-equity experience, Obama extolled free-market capitalism and risk taking while also arguing that tough Wall Street rules are needed to protect taxpayers and the banking industry.

Obama’s Gay Marriage Turnabout Forced Public by Biden

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At a fundraiser with gay activists in New York last June, the day before state legislators passed a same-sex marriage law, President Barack Obama considered the choice they were making. He concluded he’d almost certainly have voted “yes” too. Conversations with staff, family, friends and supporters also moved him in that direction.

Secrecy Paramount on Obama’s 36-Hour Secret Afghan Trip

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The cryptic call summoning reporters to the White House came at 12:19 p.m. Sunday from a private number and lasted only 25 seconds. By the following night, Air Force One was in the air. In the next 36 hours, the 13-member pool of reporters who travel wherever the president goes would spend almost 28 hours in the air, fly in dual-rotor Chinook helicopters across the Hindu Kush mountain range, visit the presidential palace in Kabul, cover an address to the nation. All of it done under a cover of darkness.

Obama Says With War Near End, Defeat of al-Qaeda in Reach

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President Barack Obama assured the American public the defeat of al-Qaeda is within reach as he marked the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden with a visit to Afghanistan and an agreement that prepares the way to bring U.S. troops home. “My fellow Americans, we have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war,” Obama said at Bagram Airfield, where he had arrived about six hours earlier. “Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon.”

Working-Class Concerns Don’t Cause Romney or Obama Pain

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Amanda Thomas wanted to share with Mitt Romney her long list of worries: a health-care law that will hurt her husband’s business, the debt that will burden her 2-year-old daughter’s generation, and the financial anxieties of her parents in their golden years. “I’m worried about my baby and I’m worried about my parents,” she told the Republican presidential candidate, sitting at a picnic table in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

Government Scandals Consume Washington

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Bloomberg's Megan Hughes, Julianna Goldman and Peter Cook report on the continuing investigations into GSA spending on lavish trips and gifts and Secret Service and military members entertaining prostitutes during President Obama's trip to Colombia.
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