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Obama agenda: Hello, Columbus

The New York Times: “President Obama took his jobs sales pitch to a high school in this politically crucial swing state on Tuesday, challenging Congress to act swiftly on his $447 billion proposal of tax cuts and stimulus projects to buck up the economy. In a high-octane performance that came with all of the bells and whistles of a campaign event — right down to U2’s ‘City of Blinding Lights’ blaring across the field — Mr. Obama said the $25 billion for education construction and improvements in the plan would achieve two goals at once: modernizing American schools and putting construction workers back on the job.”

“President Obama wants Republicans to okay his jobs bill - but he'll accept a piecemeal approach if that's the best deal he can cut,” the New York Daily News writes.

A new Bloomberg poll shows similar numbers to the latest NBC/WSJ poll with Obama’s approval at 45%-49% with 53% of independents disapproving. His handling of the economy sits at a low of 33%-62%. The direction of the country numbers are an abysmal 20%-72%; 19% of Obama voters says they no longer support him; 30% say they’d like to see another candidate try for the Democratic nomination. His fav/unfav is 50%-47%; John Boehner is 33%-38%; Mitt Romney 42%-38%; Rick Perry 32%-41%; the GOP 37%-53%; the Democratic Party 44%-46%.

A new Field poll in California finds Obama at just a 46% approval in the state.

The Washington Post on Solyndra: "The Obama White House tried to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly half-billion-dollar loan to the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra so Vice President Biden could announce the approval at a September 2009 groundbreaking for the company’s factory, newly obtained e-mails show."