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President Obama is pictured Tuesday at the White House. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Obama says his plan 'inseparable' from U.S. recovery

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WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Tuesday his attempts to lead the nation out of economic turmoil are beginning to yield results, and toned down his criticism of bonuses to executives at AIG.

At a second prime-time news conference, Obama cast his budget -- now under review in Congress -- as essential if the economy is to recover. The tax and spending plan "is inseparable from this recovery because it is what lays the foundation for a secure and lasting prosperity," he said.

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