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In this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama reacts to catching a football tossed to him as he visits the Galesburg High School football team in Galesburg, Ill., during a three-day economic bus tour. The president is scheduled to give an economic speech at Knox College in Galesburg on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama to try to focus public attention on economy

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By DARLENE SUPERVILLE

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seeking to focus public attention on the problem he was sent to the White House to solve, President Barack Obama is making a renewed push for policies to expand the middle class, helping people he says are still treading water years after the financial meltdown.

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