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Obama agenda: Wall Street not so bad after all?

“Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s campaign manager, assured a group of Democratic donors from the financial services industry that Obama won’t demonize Wall Street as he stresses populist appeals in his re-election campaign, according to two people at the meeting,” Bloomberg reports. “At the members-only Core Club in Manhattan, Messina provided a campaign briefing last night for some of the president’s top donors…  In response to a question, Messina told the group of Wall Street donors that the president plans to run against Romney, not the industry that made the former governor of Massachusetts millions, according to one of the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting.”

“President Obama has message for Wall St.  — I will not demonize you, just Mitt Romney and his ties to you,” the New York Daily News writes.

“The White House struggled Wednesday to contain the growing uproar over its birth-control mandate, with Democrats peeling off one by one in what has become an increasingly divisive election-year controversy,” The Hill writes. “Pressure to roll back the new contraception policy mounted quickly as the day wore on, driven by divisions among Democrats, mixed messages from President Obama’s advisers and a constant drumbeat from the GOP.”

“White House press secretary Jay Carney accused House Republicans of ‘caving to pressure from Wall Street lobbyists’ by removing a provision from upcoming legislation that would require political intelligence firms to be registered as lobbyists,” The Hill writes. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office defended the move, while Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley criticized the House GOP for it.