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Rough going for Obama so far

Bad news on jobs and Bill Clinton’s tax talk hit hard

WASHINGTON - It’s just the first week of June and already this month has dealt President Obama a series of setbacks as he struggles to regain footing in what portends to be a tight race.

First came Friday’s dismal jobs report showing the unemployment rate rising for the first time in nearly a year. Then Bill Clinton went off-message on national television, contradicting Obama’s position and endorsing an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, including for the wealthy. Another blow came Tuesday when Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, a Republican, survived a recall election.

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