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Obama tries again to put economy on center stage

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is restarting a major effort this week to focus public attention on the U.S. economy, a strategy aimed at giving him credit for the improving job market and lifting his rhetoric beyond the Beltway squabbles that have often consumed his presidency.

The new effort, which begins with a major address Wednesday followed by as many as six economic-themed speeches over the next two months, reflects how often world events, his political adversaries and his own competing agenda have conspired to knock him off that subject. Republicans were already mocking Obama on Monday, noting that his speeches were among many campaign-style efforts over the past five years to jump-start an economic conversation with Americans.

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