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Address of the President Obama (20121013)
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Remarks of President Barack Obama
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% `1 Z1 z! i& @2 S8 C" `Every year around this time, American car companies start rolling out their newest, shiniest models, hoping to entice you into buying one. It’s Detroit’s chance to show you what they’ve been working on – the latest and greatest. And this year is no exception. They’ve got some pretty good-looking cars coming out.
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. `- e8 O; }7 _" @9 v, cBut something is different this time around – and it starts with the auto companies themselves.
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Just a few years ago, the auto industry wasn’t just struggling – it was flatlining. GM and Chrysler were on the verge of collapse. Suppliers and distributors were at risk of going under. More than a million jobs across the country were on the line – and not just auto jobs, but the jobs of teachers, small business owners, and everyone in communities that depend on this great American industry.0 {+ C1 M) t4 G, ?0 ~

9 e# k4 K5 A: Y6 ]But we refused to throw in the towel and do nothing. We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt. We bet on American workers and American ingenuity, and three years later, that bet is paying off in a big way.
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Today, auto sales are the highest they’ve been in more than four years. GM is back. Ford and Chrysler are growing again. Together, our auto industry has created nearly a quarter of a million new jobs right here in America.' k% h3 s% `; c( \1 E! t2 I

( w3 F! B! \9 ^/ |And we’re not just ** more cars and trucks – we’re ** better ones.1 i/ A3 I+ M4 l# U4 Y+ r" C

" k; K# m* W; f1 N3 a2 aAfter 30 years of inaction, we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, cars and light trucks will average almost 55 miles per gallon – nearly double what they get today. That means you’ll only have to fill up every two weeks instead of every week. It’s good for your wallet, it’s good for our economy, and it’s good for the environment.- o3 y4 {: Q- r  F+ ]

2 r5 F( t3 G" H6 IThe technology that makes it happen will also help America stay on the cutting edge for decades to come. Just this week, GM announced they plan to hire 1,500 workers for a new research center in Michigan to help make sure the high-tech cars of tomorrow are designed and built right here in America.2 y2 W1 j% v6 M) ~" `
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I’ve also signed new bipartisan trade agreements into law, because I want to see more cars on the road in places like South Korea imported from Detroit and Toledo and Chicago.
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All of this is something the American people can and should be proud of. It’s a reminder that when the American people put their mind to something, there’s nothing we can’t do.
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- ?& ~, }( z; {9 I" |9 f" ?$ ^So next time you see one of those brand new 2013 models on TV or on the lot, think about how far we’ve come together. Think about how – thanks to the hard work and can-do spirit of the American people – more of those cars and trucks are being manufactured by American workers at American companies in communities all across the country. And they’re going to save you more money at the pump.
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That’s what America is all about. When we get knocked down, we get back up. We come back stronger. And as long as I’m President, that’s what we’ll keep doing.. |5 `8 u# j) n9 ^& y  d' F0 G

9 C0 I1 ]9 T) UThanks, and have a great weekend.) X! ~0 U8 @) S4 O% r  Z5 H  L. e

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+ [; B' F+ Y; t: F8 IAddress of the President Obama (20121020)( K+ S0 \5 U1 \7 J2 r& y8 y- k. V
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Weekly Address: Congress Should Join the President to Help Responsible Homeowners
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  Q9 M4 `( l8 D% i. Z/ vOctober 20, 2012
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+ @% q1 S) p/ O( Z1 I7 y  LHi, everybody. In recent weeks, you might have noticed something. Or maybe even heard the sound of it if you live close enough.
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New homes are going up. In fact, construction workers are breaking ground on new homes in America at the fastest pace in more than four years. , d0 r6 i* z2 t( v$ g) Z$ G" c

+ F4 W% }  ?! K6 [/ ]7 OAt the same time, more homes are being sold. Home values are back on the rise. And foreclosure filings are at their lowest point in the five years since the housing bubble burst and left millions of responsible families holding the bag.
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; ~& p& b7 q. [But one of the heaviest drags on our recovery is getting lighter. Now we have to build on the progress we’ve made, and keep moving forward.  
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5 J0 y' T8 W8 |3 m- ~I never believed that the best way to deal with the housing market was to just sit back, do nothing, and simply wait for things to hit bottom. That would have been a disaster for all the responsible families who – through no fault of their own – were struggling to make ends meet.
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Since I took office, my Administration has taken action to help millions of families stay in their homes.
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We teamed up with attorneys general in almost every state to investigate and crack down on the practices that caused this mess.  And in the end, we secured a $25 billion settlement from the biggest banks – one of the biggest settlements in history – and used it to provide relief to families all across America." b( I  v. S: d* U- m. K- A# A
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We’ve taken action to help responsible homeowners refinance their mortgages. As a result, just this year hundreds of thousands of Americans who were stuck in high-interest loans have been able to take advantage of historically low rates and are saving thousands of dollars every year.
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And now I want every homeowner in America to have that chance. I just wish it didn’t require an act of Congress. But it does. So, back in February, I sent Congress a plan to give every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgage by refinancing at historically low rates. That’s the equivalent of a $3,000 tax cut.) p3 `' i! v8 B+ ]* K3 |. l

/ j. @' ~8 k/ c' ?It’s a plan that we know will work.  It has the support of independent, nonpartisan economists and leaders across the housing industry.  It’s a no-brainer that should have passed easily.
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0 I1 E& T  q) ?8 R2 Q4 s, }# J- o6 bBut Republicans in Congress banded together and kept this plan from even coming to a vote.  I0 v6 ?, H, w: J. z

; v3 ~1 b$ y! p( U/ r' r( KThey banded together and prevented millions of Americans – including many of you listening today – from saving $3,000 a year.  That’s money that could have gone back into the value of your home, or your kid’s college savings account. That’s money that could have gone into your local businesses, so they could hire and create more jobs in your town. 2 ]/ [2 Y0 Z( L5 w

- V" i$ R2 X3 ^2 B& A" d) |But Republicans in Congress still won’t let that happen. And that’s only held back the economy, when we should be doing everything we can to accelerate our economic engine.4 W% ^0 E9 Q% h7 k: d- I' r4 M
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Let’s be honest – Republicans in Congress won’t act on this plan before the election. But maybe they’ll come to their senses afterward if you give them a push. So contact your Representative, especially if this plan will help you or someone you know.  Tell him or her that American homeowners have waited long enough. Tell them that it’s time for Congress to stop standing in the way of our recovery and to start standing up for you. Thanks and have a great weekend.      
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& x3 h( [7 B3 K. a8 l! {# MWASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the work of the new independent consumer watchdog he fought to create, which stands up for consumers and protects Americans from mistakes made by the companies who determine your credit scores.  Republicans in Congress have tried to roll back consumer protections that help prevent big banks from creating another financial crisis, but the President refuses to let that happen and will continue to fight for working Americans as we move this country forward.; h9 G+ y1 }6 J

/ D+ c' m! N& y& H/ t: Q& ?( cRemarks of President Barack Obama
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: v! t$ `, H$ p2 q# P3 i8 `; \Hi, everybody.  It’s now been four years since a crisis that began on Wall Street spread to Main Street, hammering middle-class families and ultimately costing our economy 9 million jobs.
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  I, E- j# i: YSince then, we’ve fought our way back.  Our businesses have added more than 5 million new jobs.  The unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since I took office.  Home values are rising again.  And our assembly lines are humming once more.    ) e4 y& ?9 A  c# ~$ z* s  P
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And to make sure America never goes through a crisis like that again, we passed tough new Wall Street reform to end taxpayer-funded bailouts for good. 9 ^& Y# w  y$ |& h* t3 p. v7 Q

9 g4 z3 _# o% @" m0 ]+ @6 AWall Street reform also created the first-ever independent consumer watchdog, whose sole job is to look out for you.4 p) E( p& m& \  C) X7 ], r2 `
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That means ** sure you’ve got all the information you need to make important financial decisions like buying a home or paying for college.  And it means going after anyone who tries to take advantage of you, or rip you off.: ?4 E# m3 G6 {# D6 [4 b' ?

5 i; `; g1 }3 u- C: @+ qStarting this month, that includes the folks who come up with your credit score.
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6 t$ ~, E, V" K' F' e& YIf you haven’t checked out your credit score recently, you should.  It can have a major impact on your life.  It can determine whether or not you qualify for a loan or what kind of interest you have to pay.  It can even affect your chances at renting an apartment or getting a job.
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But here’s the thing: the companies that put your credit score together can make mistakes.  They may think you had a loan or a credit card that was never yours.  They may think you were late ** payments when you were on time.  And when they mess up, you’re the one who suffers. 9 Y: p* z3 ?+ q, q  G0 {$ _3 F

5 \. `9 ^0 O, p# F0 v9 W* R1 MUntil this week, if you had a complaint, you took it to the company.  Sometimes they listened.  Sometimes they didn’t.  But that was pretty much it.  They were your only real hope. * x5 \$ T5 i0 N$ q

8 W$ ?8 P  Y) r$ t6 a2 c8 S" jNot anymore.  If you have a complaint about your credit score that hasn’t been properly addressed, you can go to consumerfinance.gov/complaint and let the consumer watchdog know. 8 {  p; }) Z5 n$ {7 ~& m
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Not only will they bring your complaint directly to the company in question, they’ll give you a tracking number, so you can check back and see exactly what’s being done on your behalf.
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" P# t# }: e. c- YIf you’re opening a bank account, trying to get a student loan, or applying for a credit card and something doesn’t seem right, you can let them know and they’ll check it out.
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If you’re looking to buy a home, and you want to know if you’re getting a fair deal on your mortgage, you can give them a call and they’ll get you an answer. 1 p3 ~! i, w1 V' g. e

3 d9 c( M( F4 _2 R2 H# ?Their only mission is to fight for you.  And when needed, they’ll take action. , P( s) o" r# V5 O0 n' J

. H0 ~& v- a$ @- ~3 bFor example, alongside other regulators, they recently ordered three big credit card companies to return more than $400 million to folks who were deceived or misled into buying things they didn’t want or didn’t understand.
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That’s what Wall Street reform is all about – looking out for working families and ** sure that everyone is playing by the same rules. 0 L% M4 e2 ~- d

6 C0 G( r! h9 R) [6 EUnfortunately, that hasn’t been enough to stop Republicans in Congress from fighting these reforms.  Backed by an army of financial industry lobbyists, they’ve been waging an all-out battle to delay, defund and dismantle these new rules.
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4 ^; z( J( z. f4 XI refuse to let that happen.
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2 y: g6 s7 ^# Y8 k3 S& t' v# e1 QI believe that the free market is one of the greatest forces for progress in human history, and that the true engine of job creation in this country is the private sector, not the government.
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* L+ E: o5 H" mBut I also believe that the free market has never been about taking whatever you want, however you can get it.  Alongside our innovative spirit, America only prospers when we meet certain obligations to one another, and when we all play by the same set of rules.) Q7 W! Y# i5 T& s

0 T9 o: w1 W: ^( f( Z, W' ~We’ve come too far – and sacrificed too much – to go back to an era of top-down, on-your-own economics.  And as long as I’m President, we’re going to keep moving this country forward so that everyone – whether you start a business or punch a clock – can have confidence that if you work hard, you can get ahead. 5 G* M8 w0 k7 F. j7 ]$ @# p. O& T
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Thanks and have a great weekend.
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Address of the President Obama (20121103)
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; |, p! R  D! |# KWeekly Address: Recovering and Rebuilding After the Storm# P" _" q* k4 ?
WASHINGTON, DC—In this week’s address, President Obama thanked the brave first responders and National Guardsmen for their tireless work through one of the worst storms in our nation’s history, and reassured the millions of Americans affected by Sandy that our country will be there for them as we work towards recovery.  The President and his team continue to work with state and local partners to make sure that all available resources continue to be made available to support ongoing response and recovery. Already thousands of FEMA personnel and over ten thousand National Guardsmen are deployed in affected states to support the Governors and their teams. At the President’s direction, agencies are moving assets as quickly as possible, ensuring red tape is not standing in the way of ** sure state and local responders have the federal resources they need. Now it is time for all Americans to join together so that we can recover, rebuild, and come back stronger than before.: n6 B1 Z' d/ I& |

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! W& S" G* U. G5 M: H: p8 aI toured New Jersey on Wednesday with Governor Christie, and witnessed some of the terrible devastation firsthand.  It’s heartbreaking.  Families have lost loved ones.  Entire communities have been wiped away.  Even some of the first responders who repeatedly put themselves in harm’s way to bravely save the lives of others have suffered losses of their own.# s: b2 r) C% A7 m9 G) i6 T
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Today, I ask everyone to keep them in your prayers.  And as President, I promise them this: your country will be there for you for as long as it takes to recover and rebuild.
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% q8 T. _1 f) M/ a4 a6 a+ BThroughout the week, I’ve been in constant contact with governors and mayors in the affected areas, who are doing an excellent job in extraordinarily difficult circumstances.  And we owe the first responders and National Guardsmen who have been working around the clock our deepest gratitude.
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Our number one concern has been ** sure that affected states and communities have everything they need to respond to and recover from this storm.
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$ N% k9 a4 i$ [0 d$ B4 n: U* [9 _3 b. VFrom the earliest hours, I ordered that resources be made available to states in the path of the storm as soon as they needed them.  And I instructed my team not to let red tape and bureaucracy get in the way of solving problems – especially when it came to ** sure local utilities could restore power as quickly as possible.
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Before the storm hit, FEMA pre-staged emergency response teams from North Carolina to Maine, and deployed resources like food, water, and generators up and down the coast.  As the storm passed, thousands of FEMA personnel were on the ground responding to those in need.  And by midweek, the Department of Defense was ready to fly in cargo planes that could be loaded with trucks and equipment to help local power companies get up and running faster.$ Q) y3 T* L+ K+ S
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But recovery will be a long, hard road for many communities.  There’s a lot of work ahead.
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If you’ve been directly impacted by this storm and need temporary assistance getting back on your feet, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA, or apply at DisasterAssistance.gov.  If you know folks who are still without power, please spread the word and let them know.
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: F7 x" c+ f& |) H0 XThis week, we have been humbled by nature’s destructive power.  But we’ve been inspired as well.  For when the storm was darkest, the heroism of our fellow citizens shone brightest.
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- ]0 X# \$ S# q6 ^The firefighters in Queens who battled an inferno from flooded streets, and rescued people from an apartment building by boat.
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) P3 W/ Y9 F/ t3 `, [4 _) t/ N6 lThe Coast Guard crews from North Carolina who saved a sinking ship in stormy seas – and their rescue swimmer who, when he reached those in need, said, “I’m Dan, and I hear you guys need a ride.” * R+ `" c9 ?: D  p3 m0 l

% h8 x( ?( f( G7 l" AThat’s who we are.  We’re Americans.  When times are tough, we’re tougher.  We put others first.  We go that extra mile.  We open our hearts and our homes to one another, as one American family.  We recover, we rebuild, we come back stronger – and together we will do that once more.  Thanks, God bless you, and God bless America.1 n1 V3 B+ N$ Z4 I, L  V1 O' q% b1 K

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Address of the President Obama (20121110)
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On Tuesday, America went to the polls. And the message you sent was clear: you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. ; E; B  D* E' b: s5 ~$ A  ^

# H5 I& h" j& TThat’s why I’ve invited leaders of both parties to the White House next week, so we can start to build consensus around challenges we can only solve together. I also intend to bring in business, labor and civic leaders from outside Washington to get their ideas and input as well.   
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6 w1 F% U* T* S; D: WAt a time when our economy is still recovering from the Great Recession, our top priority has to be jobs and growth. That’s the focus of the plan I talked about during the campaign. It’s a plan to reward businesses that create jobs here in America, and give people access to the education and training that those businesses are looking for. It’s a plan to rebuild our infrastructure and keep us on the cutting edge of innovation and clean energy. And it’s a plan to reduce our deficit in a balanced and responsible way.
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This is even more important because at the end of this year, we face a series of deadlines that require us to make major decisions about how to pay down our deficit – decisions that will have a huge impact on the economy and the middle class, now and in the future.
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Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut a trillion dollars’ worth of spending, and I intend to work with both parties to do more. But as I said over and over again on the campaign trail, we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. If we’re serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue – and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes. That’s how we did it when Bill Clinton was President. And that’s the only way we can afford to invest in education and job training and manufacturing – all the ingredients of a strong middle class and a strong economy. 5 l3 W3 ~; W$ F8 F9 ]7 ^3 _
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Already, I’ve put forward a detailed plan that allows us to make these investments while reducing our deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade.  Now, I’m open to compromise and new ideas.  But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced. I will not ask students or seniors or middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people ** over $250,000 aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes. This was a central question in the election. And on Tuesday, we found out that the majority of Americans agree with my approach – that includes Democrats, Independents, and Republicans.
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Now we need a majority in Congress to listen – and they should start by ** sure taxes don’t go up on the 98% of Americans ** under $250,000 a year starting January 1. This is something we all agree on. Even as we negotiate a broader deficit reduction package, Congress should extend middle-class tax cuts right now. It’s a step that would give millions of families and 97% of small businesses the peace of mind that will lead to new jobs and faster growth. There’s no reason to wait.
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We know there will be differences and disagreements in the months to come. That’s part of what makes our political system work. But on Tuesday, you said loud and clear that you won’t tolerate dysfunction, or politicians who see compromise as a dirty word. Not when so many of your families are still struggling.
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Instead, you want cooperation. You want action. That’s what I plan to deliver in my second term, and I expect to find leaders from both parties willing to join me.
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* Y  c# I, W: K8 C  H/ dWeekly Address: Working Together to Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts
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7 g$ b3 S' [; q3 RHi, everybody.
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Four years after the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, our economy is growing again and creating jobs.  But we have much more to do. Our task now is to build on that progress.  Because this nation only succeeds when we’ve got a growing, thriving middle class. 0 C! O- p, V1 |( H
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That’s what drives me. That’s what I campaigned on for the past year.  That’s what will guide me in our work over the next four years. And I’m willing to work with anyone of any party to move this country forward.
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/ W# k" o/ `6 B3 o. S$ BBecause soon, we face a very clear deadline that requires us to make some big decisions on jobs and taxes; on investments and deficits. Both parties voted to set this deadline. And I believe both parties can work together to make these decisions in a balanced and responsible way.
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When it comes to taxes, for example, there are two pathways available.
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0 C, s+ ]/ r% r- h) A6 c, p0 m  qOne says, if Congress fails to act by the end of the year, then everybody’s taxes automatically go up – including the 98% of Americans who make less than $250,000 a year. Our economy can’t afford that right now. You can’t afford that right now.  And nobody wants that to happen." @  H! t  G/ ^5 u

/ k8 ^$ S1 z0 I; OThe other path is for Congress to pass a law right away to prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of anyone’s income. That means all Americans – including the wealthiest Americans – get a tax cut.  And 98 percent of Americans, and 97 percent of all small business owners, won’t see their income taxes go up a single dime. . n0 y6 b  X. y% o! C/ ]

$ K0 H3 s% p6 J/ h2 P5 UThe Senate has already passed a bill like this. Democrats in the House are ready to pass one, too. All we need is for Republicans in the House to come on board.
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7 \- Y# X% D/ [We shouldn’t hold the middle class hostage while Congress debates tax cuts for the wealthy. Let’s begin our work by actually doing what we all agree on. Let’s keep taxes low for the middle class. And let’s get it done soon – so we can give families and businesses some good news going into the holiday season.) x! @! V7 f) P; f, @+ ?

% J1 E' N( K6 fI know these challenges won’t be easy to solve. But we can do it if we work together.
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6 R3 n  d: m" q4 rBecause if anything, that’s the message I heard loud and clear in the election.
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* _" ~4 v# x/ f6 Z4 G7 rWork as hard as you can to make our lives better. And do it together.
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Don’t worry about the politics.  Just get the job done.
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$ _& d. u4 }' NEverywhere I went in that campaign – from farms in Iowa to the Vegas strip; from Colorado’s Rockies to the Florida coast – I was inspired by the grit and resilience of the American people, by your hard work and sense of decency.  And it makes me want to work even harder for you. I saw it again this week in New York, where our fellow citizens are going through a really tough time, but are helping each other through it. And we’re going to be there to help them rebuild.% j( q' y9 y7 e; |# w: F: |( U
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WASHINGTON, DC—During this holiday season, President Obama gave thanks in his weekly address for all of the blessings we share as Americans, and expressed his gratitude to the brave men and women who are defending our freedom around the world.  As we come together to spend time with those we love, we also stand with those who are less fortunate this year, including our fellow Americans in the northeast who lost so much during the recent storm.  This Thanksgiving, friends, family, and community will gather in the spirit of unity and look out for those less fortunate – to pull each other up and move forward together.
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On behalf of the Obama family – Michelle, Malia, Sasha and Bo – I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.3 W- `- M5 [! x7 p

; r) Q( b4 s+ r; z3 y& jFor us, like so many of you, this is a day full of family and friends; food and football.  It’s a day to fight the overwhelming urge to take a nap – at least until after dinner.  But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks for each other, and for the incredible bounty we enjoy.
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2 \9 X$ @. b# b+ QThat’s especially important this year.  As a nation, we’ve just emerged from a campaign season that was passionate, noisy, and vital to our democracy.  But it also required us to make choices – and sometimes those choices led us to focus on what sets us apart instead of what ties us together; on what candidate we support instead of what country we belong to.
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Thanksgiving is a chance to put it all in perspective – to remember that, despite our differences, we are, and always will be, Americans first and foremost.
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We’re also grateful that this country has always been home to Americans who see these blessings not simply as gifts to enjoy, but as opportunities to give back.  Americans who believe we have a responsibility to look out for those less fortunate – to pull each other up and move forward together.
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Right now, as we prepare to gather around our dinner tables, there are families in the northeast who don’t have that luxury.  Many of them have lost everything to Hurricane Sandy – homes, possessions, even loved ones.  And it will be a long time before life goes back to normal.* S+ I0 w& g& z! J  X+ ~; e8 d

" D0 G9 }# p, X' I$ V: }But in the midst of so much tragedy, there are also glimmers of hope.  Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen FEMA personnel, National Guard and first responders working around the clock in hard-hit communities.  We’ve seen hospital workers using their lunch breaks to distribute supplies.  Families offering up extra bedrooms.  The fire department advertising free hot showers.  Buses full of volunteers coming from hundreds of miles away.  Neighbors sharing whatever they have – food, water, electricity – and saying again and again how lucky they are to have a roof over their heads.9 p: A* K4 ~% Y1 e# X
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It would have been easy for these folks to do nothing – to worry about themselves and leave the rest to someone else.  But that’s not who we are.  That’s not what we do.
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As Americans, we are a bold, generous, big-hearted people.  When our brothers and sisters are in need, we roll up our sleeves and get to work – not for the recognition or the reward, but because it’s the right thing to do.  Because there but for the grace of God go I.  And because here in America, we rise or fall together, as one nation and one people.. s. d% n) ^% O# F3 ?; I
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So to all the Americans doing your part to make our world a better place – it is my privilege to serve as your President.  To all our servicemembers – it is my honor to be your Commander in Chief.  And from our family to yours, happy Thanksgiving.& w8 ?9 q- D+ x2 G4 S* P+ p

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3 o* o3 h1 v3 J! CWeekly Address: Urging Congress to Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts7 ~; S. H) R1 E3 T
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Hi, everybody. I’m here on the factory floor of a business in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, where folks are working around the clock ** toys to keep up with the Christmas rush.; _7 ]4 _( [6 v% y
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And I came here because, back in Washington, the clock is ticking on some important decisions that will have a real impact on our businesses – and on families like yours.) S  D( Q; _; L
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The most pressing decision has to do with your taxes. See, at the end of the year, middle-class tax cuts are set to expire.  And there are two things that can happen.
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- J' H7 x6 I& X* oThe second option is better. Right now, Congress can pass a law that would prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income. Everybody. That means that 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses wouldn’t see their income taxes go up at all. And even the wealthiest Americans would get a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their incomes. . y; K7 \% i# A

( y' X0 U8 [1 j/ j9 rCongress can do that right now. They can give families like yours a sense of security going into the New Year. They can give companies like this one some certainty about what to expect down the road. And with the issue behind us, we’ll have more time to work out a plan to bring down our deficits in a balanced way – including by asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more, so we can still invest in the things that make our nation strong, like education and research.6 L4 y8 ]% M1 v5 J2 ]3 E
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So let’s begin by doing what we all agree on. Both parties say we should keep middle-class taxes low. The Senate has already passed a bill to keep income taxes from going up on middle-class families.  Democrats in the House are ready to do the same thing. And if we can just get a few House Republicans on board, I’ll sign this bill as soon as Congress sends it my way. 1 t/ V' D, z& o" N) l" a

# o- J* x+ T4 Y* @But it’s unacceptable for some Republicans in Congress to hold middle class tax cuts hostage simply because they refuse to let tax rates go up on the wealthiest Americans. And if you agree with me, then I could use your help.  Let your congressman know what $2,000 means to you. Give them a call. Write them an email. Or tweet them using the hashtag “My2K.”  That’s My2K.* @( z5 C7 c" R) m0 r4 {
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You and your family have a lot riding on the outcome of this debate. We all do. And as citizens, we all have a say in the country we want to build – not just on election day, but every day. So make your voice heard. I promise, it makes a difference. Thanks, and have a great weekend.
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2 M1 Q5 p4 |2 m3 ?/ W5 nWEEKLY ADDRESS: Congress Must Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts, @0 s1 r) ~. k
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WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama urged Congress to extend the middle class income tax cuts for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses without delay, and made clear that a balanced approach to deficit reduction means that Republicans in Congress must agree to ask the wealthiest Americans to pay higher tax rates.
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Hello, everybody.  Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about deadlines we’re facing on jobs and taxes and investments.  But with so much noise and so many opinions flying around, it can be easy to lose sight of what this debate is really about.  It’s not about which political party comes out on top, or who wins or loses in Washington.  It’s about ** smart decisions that will have a real impact on your lives and the lives of Americans all across the country. ; {6 L% e6 F; W+ W
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Right now, middle-class tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year.  Time is running out.  And there are two things that can happen.! X; P  }$ m; Q; g, L* U* v" r0 v) {; g
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First, if Congress does nothing, every family in America will see their income taxes automatically go up on January 1st.  A typical middle-class family of four would get a $2,200 tax hike.  That would be bad for families, it would be bad for businesses, and it would drag down our entire economy.* A5 ?& x0 }7 ]: k2 J
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Now, Congress can avoid all this by passing a law that prevents a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income.  That means 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses wouldn’t see their income taxes go up by a single dime.  Even the wealthiest Americans would get a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their income.  And families everywhere would enjoy some peace of mind.
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0 L; l/ ^' y9 z+ N% W; k1 ^The Senate has already done their part.  Now we’re just waiting for Republicans in the House to do the same thing.  But so far, they’ve put forward an unbalanced plan that actually lowers rates for the wealthiest Americans.  If we want to protect the middle class, then the math just doesn’t work.
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  L- L- v$ q# S8 ?, aBut if we’re serious about reducing our deficit while still investing in things like education and research that are important to growing our economy – and if we’re serious about protecting middle-class families – then we’re also going to have to ask the wealthiest Americans to pay higher tax rates.  That’s one principle I won’t compromise on7 S' Q- g: H* h1 e0 \

8 c1 o; u5 ^+ G, ^$ ~' {After all, this was a central question in the election.  A clear majority of Americans – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – agreed with a balanced approach that asks something from everyone, but a little more from those who can most afford it.  It’s the only way to put our economy on a sustainable path without asking even more from the middle class.  And it’s the only kind of plan I’m willing to sign.: `9 ]) o. ?/ [4 K9 Q0 }2 Q
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Everyone agrees we need to bring down our deficit and strengthen our economy for the long-term.  The question is whether we can do it in a responsible way that allows us to keep investing in the things that have always made America strong.  I’m convinced we can.  And if both sides are willing to compromise, I believe we can give businesses and families a sense of security going into the New Year.$ ~$ ^7 M' x; j- A$ m& B1 B
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WASHINGTON, DC—In this week’s address, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and thanked our brave troops and their families for their service.  The President and First Lady asked the American people to visit JoiningForces.gov to find ways to honor and support our veterans and military families, and said that we must all come together, as we always do, to care for each other during this holiday season.$ j* V7 I  O( O! F( w9 p5 k

* v1 T1 L8 m1 g4 X5 ^: B7 P) nThe audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, December 22, 2012.
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THE PRESIDENT:  Hi everybody.  This weekend, as you gather with family and friends, Michelle and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays.
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This month, more than 90,000 people have come through the White House to see the holiday decorations.  And our theme for this year’s holiday season was “Joy to All” – a reminder to appreciate the many joys of the holidays: the joy of giving…the joy of service…and, of course, the joy of homecomings. % M; u9 V0 J; X: p6 W% b
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THE PRESIDENT:  That’s right.  This weekend, parents are picking up their kids from college – and ** room for all that laundry they bring with them.  Children are counting down the hours until the grandparents arrive.  And uncles, aunts and cousins are all ** their way to join the family and share in the holiday spirit.  5 M, i7 |2 q) q
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THE PRESIDENT:  And this year, that’s especially true for some of our military families.  You see, the war in Iraq is over.  The transition in Afghanistan is underway.  After a decade of war, our heroes are coming home.  And all across America, military families are reuniting.   " l% Q5 b! I" B- F

, J* g' ^6 ]$ J9 b/ ?5 \1 c- eSo this week let’s give thanks for our veterans and their families.  And let’s say a prayer for all our troops – especially those in Afghanistan – who are spending this holiday overseas, risking their lives to defend the freedoms we hold dear., A6 D1 w) f9 O: m
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THE FIRST LADY:  And remember, when our men and women in uniform answer the call to serve, their families serve right along with them.  Across this country, military spouses have been raising their families all alone during those long deployments.  And let’s not forget about our military kids, moving from base to base – and school to school – every few years, and stepping up to help out at home when mom or dad is away. 1 R1 k2 M! Q2 W" M1 a
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Our military families sacrifice so much on our behalf, and Barack and I believe that we should serve them as well as they serve this country.  That’s why Dr. Jill Biden and I started Joining Forces – an effort to rally all Americans to honor and support our veterans and military families.  Just go to joiningforces.gov to find out how you can show your gratitude for their service. 3 i; K6 p# {" u& b; U2 G

, j; A! ?) m# u4 p* XTHE PRESIDENT:  Because that’s what this season is all about.  For my family and millions of Americans, it’s a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. To reflect on His life and learn from His example.  Every year, we commit to love one another.  To give of ourselves.  To be our brother’s keeper.  To be our sister’s keeper.  But those ideas are not just part of our faith.  They’re part of all faiths.  And they unite us as Americans.
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THE FIRST LADY:  In this country, we take care of each other.  And in this season of giving, it’s inspiring to see so many people all across America taking the time to help those most in need.
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) R' ]4 i1 m) @9 N8 A0 b- nTHE PRESIDENT:  That’s part of what makes us such a compassionate nation.  And this year, I know many of you are extending that kindness to the families who are still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Sandy and your prayers to the people of Newtown, Connecticut.
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8 U, d9 i% V+ ^3 H) n5 M& l$ GTHE PRESIDENT: And on behalf of my favorite Americans – Michelle, Malia, Sasha and Bo – Merry Christmas, everybody.
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Hello Everybody. For the past couple months, I’ve been working with people in both parties – with the help of business leaders and ordinary Americans – to come together around a plan to grow the economy and shrink our deficits.( s7 v0 u1 N0 v
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It’s a balanced plan – one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way, and ask the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more.  And I’ll keep working with anybody who’s serious about getting a comprehensive plan like this done – because it’s the right thing to do for our economic growth.
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But we’re now at the point where, in just a couple days, the law says that every American’s tax rates are going up. Every American’s paycheck will get a lot smaller. And that would be the wrong thing to do for our economy. It would hurt middle-class families, and it would hurt the businesses that depend on your spending. - Q+ B$ ?7 q- l
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And Congress can prevent it from happening, if they act now. Leaders in Congress are working on a way to prevent this tax hike on the middle class, and I believe we may be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time.5 @) @' j& S- ~1 j! Q
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But if an agreement isn’t reached in time, then I’ll urge the Senate to hold an up-or-down vote on a basic package that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends vital unemployment insurance for Americans looking for a job, and lays the groundwork for future progress on more economic growth and deficit reduction.
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I believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities – as long as these leaders allow it to come to a vote. If they still want to vote no, and let this tax hike hit the middle class, that’s their prerogative – but they should let everyone vote. That’s the way this is supposed to work.
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We just can’t afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. The economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to Washington have to do their jobs. The housing market is healing, but that could stall if folks are seeing smaller paychecks.  The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 2008, but already, families and businesses are starting to hold back because of the dysfunction they see in Washington. * M7 C* D$ z0 a: b# E' ?5 V9 r
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You meet your deadlines and your responsibilities every day. The folks you sent here to serve should do the same. We cannot let Washington politics get in the way of America’s progress. We’ve got to do what it takes to protect the middle class, grow this economy, and move our country forward.# C6 Y) [( I7 f; L2 [$ G3 j! ?# h

6 {' Z) g2 w7 F5 b1 l. [9 m/ }Thanks, everybody.
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Address of the President Obama (20130104); Z' k/ V" ~$ K. J7 e' G8 [/ U2 l
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WASHINGTON, DC—In this week’s address, President Obama talked about the bipartisan agreement that Congress reached this week which prevented a middle-class tax hike, congratulated the newly sworn-in Members of Congress, and looked forward to working with the new Congress in the new year to continue to grow our economy and shrink our deficits in a balanced way.   
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+ h$ \+ q) M0 u  W  L8 rThe audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00AM ET, Saturday, January 5, 2013.
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5 O6 G4 l, q) a  Q5 FRemarks of President Barack Obama
5 F% j3 Q, G! X- q! Z4 ~+ ~# s( FThe Weekly Address
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4 J! G% |, m) a* O; Q& fHi, everybody.  Over the past year, as I traveled across the country campaigning for this office, I told you that if I was fortunate enough to be re-elected, I’d work to change a tax code that too often benefited the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.
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This week, we did that.  For the first time in two decades, we raised taxes on the wealthiest 2% of Americans in a bipartisan way, while preventing a middle-class tax hike that could have thrown our economy back into recession. 3 J, I9 U+ i( _7 t0 h5 H( ]

! ]  X; _' f* g+ _0 w: zUnder this law, more than 98% of Americans and 97% of small business will not see their income taxes go up one dime.  We also made sure that millions of families will continue to receive tax credits to help raise their children and send them to college.  Companies will continue to receive tax credits for the research they do, the investments they make, and the clean energy jobs they create.  And two million Americans who are out of work will continue to receive unemployment benefits so long as they are actively looking for a job.
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But all this was just one more step in the broader effort to grow our economy and shrink our deficits.  We still need to do more to put Americans back to work while also putting this country on a path to pay down its debt.  And our economy can’t afford more protracted showdowns or manufactured crises along the way.  Because even as our businesses created 2 million new jobs last year – including 168,000 new jobs last month – the messy brinksmanship in Congress made business owners more uncertain and consumers less confident.
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. l$ l; r! k7 n0 yWe know there’s a path forward.  Last year, I signed into law $1.7 trillion in deficit reduction.  This week’s action further reduces the deficit by $737 billion, ** it one of the largest deficit reduction bills passed by Congress in over a decade.  And I’m willing to do more.
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I believe we can find more places to cut spending without shortchanging things like education, job training, research and technology all which are critical to our prosperity in a 21st century economy.  But spending cuts must be balanced with more reforms to our tax code.  The wealthiest individuals and the biggest corporations shouldn’t be able to take advantage of loopholes and deductions that aren’t available to most Americans.
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  \% n5 d9 L5 j/ B# w* O1 ]And as I said earlier this week, one thing I will not compromise over is whether or not Congress should pay the tab for a bill they’ve already racked up.  If Congress refuses to give the United States the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic.  The last time Congress threatened this course of action, our entire economy suffered for it.  Our families and our businesses cannot afford that dangerous game again. , D& x, V. q7 `7 }: @# e, E2 R% I6 K

  ^4 F; W6 v0 v0 q6 Z* s5 BI congratulate the newly sworn-in Members of Congress, and I look forward to working with the new Congress in a bipartisan way.  If we focus on the interests of our country above the interests of party, I’m convinced we can cut spending and raise revenue in a manner that reduces our deficit and protects the middle class.  And we can step up to meet the important business that awaits us this year. Creating jobs and boosting incomes. Fixing our infrastructure and our immigration system.  Promoting our energy independence while protecting our planet from the harmful effects of climate change.  Educating our children and shielding them from the horrors of gun violence.
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These aren’t just things we should do – they’re things we must do.  And in this New Year, I’ll fight as hard as I know how to get them done.  Happy New Year, everybody.' y. g9 O0 w+ I0 I! f! N% K* n- Q

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Address of the President Obama (20130112)
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3 e( ?: h  ]' Q" }# l4 jWASHINGTON, DC—Following his meeting with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama used his weekly address to update the American people on how we will end the war in Afghanistan, and how our goal of ensuring that al Qaeda never again uses Afghanistan to launch attacks against America is within reach.  The war will be over by the end of next year, and we must now focus on the task of rebuilding America, strengthening our economy, and supporting our brave troops and veterans, and the President is confident we can meet these challenges by working together as a nation.$ v4 c0 W' M3 l& m! F) M% H  V

* g, _; q# k- Q: n; \The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, January 12, 2013.
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Hi, everybody.  This week, I welcomed President Hamid Karzai to the White House to discuss the way ahead in Afghanistan.  And today, I want to update you on how we will end this war, bring our troops home, and continue the work of rebuilding America.* f. {* i; |* q1 e1 {0 `
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Over the past four years, thanks to our brave men and women in uniform, we’ve dealt devastating blows to al Qaeda.  We’ve pushed the Taliban out of their strongholds.   And our core objective – the reason we went to war in the first place – is now within reach: ensuring that al Qaeda can never again use Afghanistan to launch attacks against America.
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The 33,000 additional forces that I ordered to Afghanistan served with honor, completed their mission, and – as promised – returned home last fall.  This week, we agreed that this spring, Afghan forces will take the lead for security across the entire country, and our troops will shift to a support role.  In the coming months, I’ll announce the next phase of our drawdown.  And by the end of next year, America’s war in Afghanistan will be over.( P% Z6 o3 w- u: R/ [

8 U3 Q' [) Z; T+ Q3 Y. ~This progress has only been possible because of the heroic sacrifices of our troops and diplomats, alongside forces from many other nations.  More than a half million Americans – military and civilian – have served in Afghanistan.  Thousands have been wounded.  More than 2,000 have given their lives.. q. D3 ?( S- f8 F+ o- i

+ w, V) _* M- O$ |7 m( MThis remains a very difficult mission.  The work ahead will not be easy.  Our forces are still in harm’s way.  But make no mistake – our path is clear, and we are moving forward.  Because after more than a decade of war, the nation we need to rebuild is our own.
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( C8 r- U! }! ]& }As we do, we have to care for our troops and veterans who fought in our name. We have to grow our economy and shrink our deficits.  Create new jobs and boost family incomes.  We have to fix our infrastructure and our immigration system.  We have to protect our planet from the destructive effects of climate change – and protect our children from the horrors of gun violence.
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" C5 ?( M: C2 A  y. ^These, too, will be difficult missions for America.  But they must be met.  And if we can summon just a fraction of the determination of our men and women in uniform, I know we can meet them.  And I intend to work as hard as I know how to make sure we do.5 @) f& m# l9 j, K* d9 Y

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1 V: l" {) H. [; I9 `Weekly Address: Now Is The Time to Take Action Against Gun Violence
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Hi, everybody. This week, I announced a series of concrete steps we should take to protect our children and our communities from gun violence.9 v* {% w& w( x! f
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These proposals grew out of meetings Vice President Biden and his task force held over the last month with more than 200 different groups – from parents and teachers; to law enforcement and sportsmen; to religious leaders and mental health professionals.9 I6 h( Q5 b* {% r5 S( V, q$ M2 n& F

3 V2 L# d: C  Y: AAnd in the weeks ahead, I will do everything in my power to make them a reality. Because while we may not be able to prevent every senseless act of violence in this country, if there is even one thing we can do to reduce it – if even one life can be saved – we’ve got an obligation to try.
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7 r) J9 Y+ f5 J/ P& B& P! X2 q1 `My administration is taking a series of actions right away – from strengthening our background check system, to helping schools hire more resource officers if they want them, to directing the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence.
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First, it’s time for Congress to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. The law already requires licensed gun dealers to perform these checks, but as many as 40% of all gun purchases are conducted without one. That’s not safe, it’s not smart, and it’s not fair to responsible gun buyers or sellers. An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that anyone trying to buy a gun should at least have to prove they’re not a felon, or someone legally prohibited from owning one. That’s just common sense.
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Second, Congress should restore a ban on military-style assault weapons, and a 10-round limit for magazines. Many assault rifles, when combined with high-capacity magazines, have one purpose and one purpose only: to fire as many bullets as possible as quickly as possible. These weapons have no place in our communities. And a majority of the American people agree with me.' Z. W4 q- ]* v2 D: j2 ~: v8 [
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Finally, Congress needs to make it easier, rather than harder, for law enforcement to do its job. We should get tougher on people who buy guns only to turn around and sell them to criminals. And at a time when many communities have been forced to make cuts to their police force, we should put more cops back on the job and back on the street.4 m7 \$ W: ?8 z. o

& H- V3 v0 i; l" J7 p6 D- @' YLike most Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. We have a strong tradition of gun ownership in this country, and the vast majority of gun owners act responsibly.
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! C* _1 s0 O% a; XNone of this will be easy. Already, we’re seeing pundits, politicians, and special-interest lobbyists calling any attempt at commonsense reform an all-out assault on liberty – not because that’s true, but because that’s how they get higher ratings and make more money. And behind the scenes, they’re doing everything they can to protect the status quo.$ Y3 i0 c5 K" a( y+ c1 I

+ F4 S" _- P# uBut this time, it can’t be up to them. It’s got to be up to you. If, like me, you want this time to be different, then I need your help to make it different. Ask your Member of Congress if they support universal background checks and renewing a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.  And if the answer is no, ask them why not. Ask them why an A-grade from the gun lobby is more important than keeping kids safe in a first grade classroom.
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Since the tragedy in Newtown, I’ve gotten letters from all over the country – including many from our young people. One of them was from 8-year-old Rachel, who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She wrote: “Please do something so that bad people cannot get guns to kill other people. Children should be safe, especially in school.”
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* o& j( b! j# I  [Rachel is counting on us. Let’s get this done for her, and let’s make this country a safer place for all our children to learn and grow.
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' k, m" K. [$ c7 ?1 mThanks, and have a great weekend.
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