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Obama agenda: Planes, trains, and automobiles

“President Obama on Wednesday will push Congress to pass a new surface transportation bill when it returns from recess next week, the White House announced Tuesday night,” The Hill writes. “The current version of the federal highway bill, which among other things allows Congress to collect the tax on gasoline sales, expires Sept. 30. With recent fights in the transportation sector such as the funding for the Federal Aviation Administration devolving into partisan fights this summer, there has been speculation the highway bill could be the next impasse that causes a shutdown in Washington. But in a Rose Garden speech, Obama will argue this issue is too important to the fragile U.S. economy to not resolve quickly after lawmakers return from their traditional August recess.”

The New York Times: “President Obama vowed on Tuesday that he would not allow cuts in programs for veterans as Congress and the administration look for ways to balance the budget.”

The front page of the Boston Globe has this headline: “Obama’s uncle is called a fugitive.”