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Obama to Congress: Pay your own way

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to pay for its programs with spending cuts or tax increases in a fresh bid to rein in ballooning federal budget deficits.

"The pay-as-you-go rule is very simple: Congress can only spend a dollar if it saves a dollar elsewhere," Obama told lawmakers gathered at the White House.

"My administration is submitting to Congress a proposal to codify this rule in law -- and I hope that the House and Senate will act quickly to pass it.

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Obama stimulus plan: Deja vu all over again

President Barack Obama is promising some exciting coming attractions for his stimulus plan. But it turns out they're just summer reruns.

Obama promised Monday to ramp up spending from the $787 billion stimulus fund and create or save 600,000 jobs by the end of the summer. It was an effort to shift the focus away from persistently rising unemployment and beat back criticism that the money isn't flowing quickly enough.

Those promises aren't new.

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Clinton: U.S. may take action against N. Korea

The Obama administration wants help from U.S. allies and possibly China to cut off North Korean shipments that may be carrying nuclear technology or other weapons.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview broadcast Sunday that failing to take aggressive and effective action against North Korea could spark an arms race in northeast Asia.

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Obama promises 600,000 new jobs

President Barack Obama promised Monday to deliver more than 600,000 jobs through his $787 billion stimulus plan this summer, with federal agencies pumping billions into public works projects, schools and summer youth programs.

Obama is ramping up his stimulus program this week even as his advisers are ramping down expectations about when the spending plan will effect a continuing rise in the nation's unemployment.

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Obama honors the heroes of D-Day

President Barack Obama honored the valiant dead and the "sheer improbability" of their D-Day victory, commemorating Saturday's 65th anniversary of the decisive invasion even as he remakes two wars and tries to thwart potential nuclear threats in Iran and North Korea.

The young U.S. commander in chief, speaking at the American cemetery after the leaders of France, Canada and Britain, held up the sacrifices of D-Day veterans and their "unimaginable hell" as a lesson for modern times.

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In Mideast, Obama tries even-handed approach

There he was, in the heart of the Muslim world, explaining the American mindset to Muslims and the world of Islam to Americans, with the bearing of a college professor.

In his long-awaited speech at the University of Cairo, President Barack Obama took a measured, on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand approach to some of the most charged issues on the planet.

There were no new policy pronouncements on the Mideast, Afghanistan, nuclear weapons or other flashpoints in the Muslim world.

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Obama reaches out to Muslims

President Obama's positive and conciliatory speech was well received by his audience at Cairo University and across the Muslim world generally, and, as much as a single speech can, it may indeed signal, as he said, a new beginning between the United States and Muslims based on mutual interest and respect.

The speech was the subject of intense interest in the Muslim world, and especially among Arab nations, where it was extensively broadcast live. Even radical Hezbollah TV in Lebanon carried it. In Iran, however, it was jammed.

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Obama calls for a ‘new beginning’ with Muslims

President Barack Obama called for a "new beginning between the United States and Muslims" Thursday and said together, they could confront violent extremism across the globe and advance the timeless search for peace in the Middle East.

"This cycle of suspicion and discord must end," Obama said in a widely anticipated speech in one of the world's largest Muslim countries, an address designed to reframe relations after the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

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Obama flip flops on health care mandates

President Barack Obama says he's open to requiring all Americans to buy health insurance, as long as the plan provides a "hardship waiver" to exempt poor people from having to pay.

Obama opposed such an individual mandate during his campaign, but Congress increasingly is moving to embrace the idea.

In providing the first real details on how he wants to reshape the nation's health care system, the president urged Congress on Wednesday toward a sweeping overhaul that would allow Americans to buy into a government insurance plan.

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Tim Geithner’s laid-back approach

Rarely has a Cabinet agency seen such a dramatic change of style as the one that has occurred at the Treasury Department. Gone is Hank the hammer and in his place is Tim the mild bureaucrat.

That change was on display in abundant fashion during Timothy Geithner's first trip to China as Treasury secretary.

And judging from the reaction of the Chinese, Geithner may have struck on a winning formula that will reap more benefits for the United States than Henry Paulson's more belligerent style of operation during the Bush administration.

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