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Obama agenda: First lady joins the bus tour

“President Barack Obama is employing the services of the first lady on the final leg of his three-day bus tour as they tout proposals in the president's jobs bill that the White House says would put more of the nation's unemployed veterans back to work,” the  AP writes. “During a joint appearance Wednesday before airmen and soldiers at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, the president and his wife, Michelle, also were to announce a deal with the private sector to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses. The White House said the American Logistics Association, which includes major companies like Tyson Foods Inc. and Coca-Cola Co., is aiming to meet that goal by the end of 2013.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Winding into Virginia on the second day of his bus tour, President Barack Obama on Tuesday pitched his jobs plan — and the cash it could direct to teachers, police and firefighters — and criticized Republican efforts to block the package. He'll switch subjects this morning in Hampton to focus on hiring veterans, before motoring into the Richmond area, where he will visit a Chesterfield County fire station in House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's district. By 8:30 a.m., a crowd of several hundred members of the military had gathered at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton to see the president.”

“After the feds announced Tuesday they deported an all-time high number of people last fiscal year - 396,906 - a White House official went on the defensive at a local confab to court Latino voters,” the New York Daily News reports. "It's not fun to enforce immigration laws," Felicia Escobar, a senior policy adviser on President Obama's domestic policy council, said at New York's Hispanic Community Action Summit. She added, "We all think that the laws should be changed, and the system is broken.”