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Obama’s week ahead: Economic policy, politics, and baseball

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Early Sunday morning President Obama will step off of Marine One on the White House South lawn after a week-long journey to Russia, Italy, and Ghana. He will rest up only briefly before making several trips during the week of July 13 – 17.

After spending Monday in Washington, the president will travel to Warren, Michigan on Tuesday to deliver a speech. The White House has not announced a topic but Warren is home to General Motors’ sprawling technical center. So likely topics are steps the administration has taken to prop up the auto industry and the $787 billion economic stimulus program Congress passed in February.

The stimulus plan came under increasing criticism while Obama was out of the country. Critics stressed that it had failed to prevent a rise in unemployment to 9.5 percent when the administration had predicted joblessness would peak at 8 percent.

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