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Obama agenda: Just a little patience…

“After a spate of discouraging economic reports, President Obama insisted yesterday he is not afraid of the country slipping into a double-dip recession,” the AP writes. “But at the same time he displayed some impatience and said the pace of the recovery has got to accelerate.” And: Obama “tried to project both confidence and empathy.”

“President Obama on Wednesday will outline an expansion of a worker-training program intended to boost the manufacturing sector,” The Hill notes. “The ‘Skills for America’s Future’ program is an industry-led initiative intended to improve partnerships with community colleges and create easier to understand, uniform job training requirement standards for prospective manufacturing employees.”

The Washington Post: “The hugely expensive U.S. attempt at nation-building in Afghanistan has had only limited success and may not survive an American withdrawal, according to the findings of a two-year congressional investigation to be released Wednesday. The report calls on the administration to rethink urgently its assistance programs as President Obama prepares to begin drawing down the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan this summer.”

“The Obama administration on Tuesday night may have thrown a monkey wrench into Senate Democratic plans to pass what they see as a jobs bill -- by implying the bill spends too much money,” The Hill writes.