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Monday, December 6, 2021

Obama lays it all on the line for Coakley

His agenda potentially imperiled by the outcome of a close U.S. Senate race, President Barack Obama focused his attention and prestige Sunday on Massachusetts Democrat Martha Coakley, whose bid to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has gone from shoo-in to nail-biter.

Obama planned to join Coakley at a Sunday afternoon rally at Northeastern University in Boston as the race entered the final stretch.

It was the latest and highest profile assist for Coakley, the state attorney general facing a strong challenge from Scott Brown, a Republican state senator.

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Congress sets job creation as top goal for 2010

Members of the U.S. Congress begin 2010 scrambling to reduce the double-digit U.S. jobless rate, knowing their own jobs will be at stake in the November election if they fail to deliver.

With about one in 10 Americans out of work, the highest percentage in 25 years, President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats — who control the Senate and House of Representatives — are making job creation their top priority.

“Americans have a lot of angst, a lot of anger, a lot of fear,” said House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer. “Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican or an independent, all polls show that jobs are the major issue.”

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