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Obama begins fund-raising tour

President Obama has a series of events planned in Washington and California.
Molly Riley/Associated Press
President Obama has a series of events planned in Washington and California.

WASHINGTON— President Obama embarked Sunday on a West Coast trip to do a bit of official business while raising funds for a Democratic Party eager to go on offense after a politically debilitating two months.

Obama planned stops in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, joining fund-raisers for House and Senate Democrats as well as the national party.

Events on the schedule included a reception at the home of retired basketball star Earvin ‘‘Magic’’ Johnson and his wife, Cookie, in Beverly Hills, Calif., and one at the house of Marta Kauffman, co-creator of ‘‘Friends.’’

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The trip comes as Obama’s health care law approaches a crucial Nov. 30 deadline for an improved insurance enrollment website, after an abysmal start Oct. 1 dealt a serious political blow to the White House. Also, the United States and other world powers just sealed a controversial deal with Iran for a temporary freeze of its nuclear program.

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In addition to a half-dozen fund-raisers, Obama intended to use the trip to keep the heat on Congress to pass an overhaul of immigration laws.

Associated Press