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Obama agenda: Fired up?

“Even as President Barack Obama's re-election effort is powering toward an impressive early fundraising haul, campaign officials are trying to reassure donors who have concerns about a range of policy decisions and pace of change during Obama's first term,” AP writes.

“Raising the specter of labor fights picked by Republican governors with public workers unions across the country, Vice President Joe Biden lambasted what he called an increasingly union-hostile ‘new’ Republican Party in remarks delivered to National Education Association representatives today in Chicago,” the Chicago Tribune writes. And this was after Biden’s trip to Las Vegas, where he warned union members against voting Republican.

The Washington Post looked at the mixed feelings for President Obama among the National Education Association, the largest teacher’s union in the country. The NEA voted to endorse Obama, but unhappiness was evident. “Biden drew applause when he briefly acknowledged there's widespread unhappiness among teachers for the Obama administration's education policies,” AP writes.

The White House will pay $37 million in salaries, Reuters reports: “Three policy advisors have a salary of zero, while more than 20 make the highest pay grade: $172,200. More than 30 percent earn between $100,000 and $200,000 a year while 154 take home less than $50,000, according to the 2011 annual report on White House staff.”