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Obama to escalate assault on Congress

Will try to build on tax bill victory as election nears

By Mark Landler
New York Times / January 1, 2012
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President Obama is heading into his reelection campaign with plans to step up his offensive against an unpopular Congress, concluding that he cannot pass any major legislation in 2012 because of Republican hostility toward his agenda, according to a senior White House official. Obama’s election-year strategy is an attempt to capitalize on his recent victory on a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut and on his rising poll numbers.

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