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Obama agenda: His jobs outline

The AP: Gen. Stanley "McChrystal says finding bin Laden is not the key to winning the war in Afghanistan. But he says he does not think that the United States will defeat the terror network outright until bin Laden is found and brought to justice."

"President Obama outlined a response to the nation's intensifying job crisis Tuesday that encourages businesses to hire new workers by easing the flow of credit and implementing a series of tax cuts, but leaves important details -- including the cost of the plan -- to be hashed out by Congress," the Washington Post writes.

The New York Times: "Mr. Obama did not put a price on the proposals, which would add to the $787 billion that Congress allocated last winter to revive the economy. But he said the cost could be offset by some of the $200 billion in lower-than-expected spending on the bailout of financial institutions."

"The president meets with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders in the morning. They'll discuss Obama's proposal for a jolt of federal spending aimed at reducing the nation's double-digit unemployment rate. In the afternoon, the president will make an announcement regarding his economic stimulus program and community health centers."

The meeting, which is to include Republicans, could be awkward considering some of Obama's partisan rhetoric during his speech yesterday. Consider that he said, in part: "[W]e were forced to take those steps largely without the help of an opposition party which, unfortunately, after having presided over the decision-making that led to the crisis, decided to hand it over to others to solve." http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/12/08/2145808.aspx">

The AP: Gen. Stanley "McChrystal says finding bin Laden is not the key to winning the war in Afghanistan. But he says he does not think that the United States will defeat the terror network outright until bin Laden is found and brought to justice."

By the way, Mark Penn's firm got about $6 million out of the stimulus. Go figure…

"With the Senate bearing down to pass health care reform legislation by the end of the year, President Barack Obama will be traveling for nearly half the remaining days of the month, making two trips to Scandinavia and then resting up in Hawaii over Christmas and New Year's," Roll Call writes.