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Obama keeps focus on economy

December 9, 2009

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WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama keeps his focus on economic issues Wednesday before an evening departure for Europe.

The president meets with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders in the morning. They'll discuss Obama's proposal for a jolt of federal spending aimed at reducing the nation's double-digit unemployment rate.

In the afternoon, the president will make an announcement regarding his economic stimulus program and community health centers.

Later, climate change enters the discussion as the president meets with business and environmental leaders ahead of his attendance at the U.N. climate conference under way in Copenhagen.

The president and his wife, Michelle, leave Wednesday night for Oslo, Norway, where he'll accept the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday.