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Obama agenda: Off to the Midwest

It's all about debt and the economy for President Obama today as he speaks before the first meeting of his debt commission and then heads out to the Midwest with stops in Iowa.  
 
The New York Times: "[O]n Tuesday, Mr. Obama is returning to the place his candidacy sprang to life, here in Iowa, for the start of a two-day trip to the Midwest. He is not planning to appear with Democratic candidates as he moves from city to city on the latest leg of his Main Street economic tour, but rather to talk -- and listen -- to factory workers, farmers and citizens he meets along the way."

Also: "The president's visit, which will be followed on Wednesday by stops in Missouri and Illinois, has a secondary purpose. His advisers say that every trip to Iowa, the state that delivered his first victory on the road to the White House, fortifies Mr. Obama and recharges his batteries for the headwinds to come."

"The furor over Arizona's new law cracking down on illegal immigrants grew Monday as opponents used refried beans to smear swastikas on the state Capitol, civil rights leaders demanded a boycott of the state and the Obama administration weighed a possible legal challenge," the AP writes. 

A congressional hearing with Janet Napolitano today is expected to take a turn to immigration. Yesterday, she said of the law, "That one is a misguided law. It's not a good law enforcement law. It's not a good law in any number of reasons."