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Obama agenda: Budget day

“President Barack Obama is sending Congress a new budget that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade through cuts in government spending and higher taxes on the wealthy,” the AP says. “At the same time, he wants to boost spending in key areas such as transportation and education.”

“President Obama is expected to use his budget unveiling today to flesh out his threat last month to curb runaway college tuition increases - potentially by withholding federal student aid from those colleges that fail to keep prices down,” the Boston Globe adds. “Making a direct appeal to middle-class voters, Obama used his State of the Union address and a key swing-state appearance days later at the University of Michigan to strike a theme that resounds with nearly every parent, college student, and laid-off worker seeking continuing education.”

“Chinese heir-apparent Xi Jinping’s trip to the U.S. this week will focus on building relations with local officials clamoring for investment and export markets, expanding a second front for bilateral ties as anti-China rhetoric rises in Washington and on the campaign trail,” Bloomberg writes. “Xi, set to arrive late today in the U.S., will travel to Iowa and Los Angeles after meeting President Barack Obama at the White House. The visits coincide with an explosion of city-to-city and state-to-province ties, a surge in U.S. local governments setting up trade offices in China and increasing demand for foreign investment as U.S. unemployment remains at historical highs.”

“President Obama's effort to accommodate the Catholic Church by altering his administration's rule on birth control coverage has not appeased the church, congressional Republicans or GOP candidates trying to take his job next year,” USA Today writes.

Today, per an upcoming press release, the Obama campaign is announcing “the launch of the Truth Team, a new national effort by President Obama supporters online and on the ground to promote the President’s achievements, respond to attacks on his record and hold the eventual Republican nominee accountable. More than a million people took action as part of the Fight the Smears initiative during the 2008 campaign; the goal of the Truth Team is to double that number, reaching two million grassroots supporters who will communicate the President's record and fight back against attacks before the Democratic National Convention this fall.” 

More: “Truth Teams will be announced today in many states including Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Wisconsin with events being held in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.”