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Politics

Obama attempts to shift focus back to economy

Speeches seek to frame debate; budget deadlines may spark rancor

WASHINGTON — Drawing renewed attention to the economy, President Obama will return this week to an Illinois college where he once spelled out a vision for a strengthened middle class as a freshman US senator, long before a deep recession would test his presidency.

The address Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., will be the first in a series of economic speeches that White House aides say Obama intends to deliver over the next several weeks ahead of key budget deadlines in the fall. A new fiscal year begins in October, and the government will soon hit its borrowing limit.

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