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President Obama gave a speech on the economy this morning at a General Motors plant in Ohio. Here are his remarks as prepared for delivery, released by the White House:



It is good to be back in Ohio, and it's good to be at one of GM's flagship plants with all of you. I just finished having a productive discussion with some of your coworkers about the challenges you're facing, both here and in your communities, and how we can meet them.



We talked about the economic troubles you've been weathering here in Trumbull County since long before our current crisis. Over the years, you've seen factories close, your friends laid off, and your sons and daughters move away in search of jobs and opportunity. I know it was painful around here earlier this year, when three shifts at this plant were cut down to one. And today, the local unemployment rate is unacceptably high - the second-highest in Ohio. I know at times, it seems like this community is on the brink - again.



There are some who see this pain and suggest that it's all somehow inevitable - that the only way for America to get ahead is for communities like yours to be left behind. But we know better. We know that our success on a nation depends on the success of communities just like this one. We know that the battle for America's future will be fought and won not just in the big cities, not just on the coasts, but in towns like Elkhart and Pittsburgh; Warren and Youngstown.



That's why I'm proud to be here with all of you. You work hard. You meet your responsibilities. You deserve better. You deserve better than the attitude that's prevailed from Washington to Wall Street to Detroit for too long; an attitude that valued wealth over work, selfishness over sacrifice, and greed over responsibility. And that's why I want you to know that every day I step into the Oval Office, I am thinking about you, I am working for you, and I am fighting on your behalf.

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Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) got a pretty rough earful from an older looking man at a meeting with senior citizens in Fremont, CA, and, well, said a couple less-than-artful things. The man ended his attack on health reform by telling Stark, "Mr. Congressman, don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining."

Stark responded, "I wouldn't dignify you by peeing on your leg. It wouldn't be worth wasting the urine."

Phew. Because peeing on a constituent probably wouldn't be a great way for Stark to get re-elected.

Here's the video:

A Republican House member from South Carolina, Bob Inglis, is now calling on his fellow South Carolina GOP Congressman Joe Wilson to apologize to the House for his "You lie!" outburst.

Inglis has posted this one Twitter: "Just said to GOP Conference meeting what I said privately to Joe Wilson: apologize to House for rule violation."

He then followed it up with this: "Part 1: Joe Wilson apologized to President. Part 2: He should apologize to House for rule violation. That would end the matter."

And this: "Joe Wilson analogy: I speed, lose control of my car and hit your car. Part 1: I fix your car. Part 2: I pay my speeding ticket. Case closed."

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In a new web ad from Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-SC) re-election campaign, his wife defends his passion and work ethic, but confessed calling the heckler a "nut."

"I said, 'Joe, who's the nut that hollered out, "You lie?"' Roxanne Wilson says in the ad. "And he goes, 'It was me' .... I couldn't believe that Joe would say that. But he is very passionate."

She attributed the outburst to the anger her husband had seen "in the trenches" at health care town halls. She said she appreciated President's Obama graciousness in accepting Joe Wilson's apology.

She also recounted when she met her husband, at "teenage Republican camp" in 1966.

Video after the jump.

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele has released a new statement condemning the House Democrats' upcoming motion of disapproval against Rep. Joe Wilson -- which Steele incorrectly refers to as a censure -- in yet another sign that the Republicans are closing ranks around Wilson:

"In another stunning example of hypocrisy, congressional Democrats are wasting taxpayers' time and resources on a legislative measure to censure Congressman Joe Wilson so they don't have to talk about their exceedingly unpopular health care plan. Without question, Joe Wilson made a terrible error in judgment and has wasted no time in extending a personal apology to the president. The president has accepted his apology.

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Vice President Joe Biden landed in Iraq Tuesday in an unannounced visit in which he'll meet with Iraqi leaders and U.S. troops.

According to the press pool report, "the C17 carrying Vice President Biden touched down at Baghdad International Airport at 4:20pm." The trip over was "uneventful", with a departure from Andrews Air Force Base Monday evening and a change of planes at an air force base in England.

According to a White House press release, Biden with meet with Iraq's President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki among a number of other officials. This is Biden's third trip to Iraq this year. His previous visits were in January and July.

The Senate Finance Committee will soon begin debating a health care bill that will likely be unveiled this week, and already, a tug of war is emerging between committee Democrats who want to bolster a number of measures and Republican negotiators who want to see the bill get smaller.

Democrats are largely concerned that the plan won't offer uninsured Americans the sufficiently generous subsidies they'll need in order to afford the health insurance they'll be required to buy.

Addressing that issue, though, seems mutually exclusive from meeting the goals of ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), both of whom want the price of the bill to be significantly lower than it is, and also object to a plan to pay for it by imposing fees on insurance companies.

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Steve Nunn, the Kentucky Republican former gubernatorial candidate and state lawmaker, has been charged in the murder of his former fiancée Amanda Ross.

As we told you Friday, Nunn was found with a gun and slit wrists in the cemetery where his parents are buried, hours after Ross -- with whom he had had a tumultuous and violent relationship -- was found shot to death in the parking lot of her Lexington apartment.

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President Obama leapt to Taylor Swift's defense yesterday, calling out Kanye West for being a "jackass" at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night.

When Swift, a country singer, won the award for best female video, West took the microphone from her and praised Beyonce, who was also nominated for the award. (Watch the video.)

"Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a 'jackass' for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT'S presidential," tweeted ABC's Terry Moran.

Obama made the comment during a portion of an interview with CNBC, a portion that happened to be off-the-record. Moran's tweet was quickly deleted and ABC issued an apology to both the White House and CNBC.

Late Update: TMZ obtained audio of the president's comments. Listen.

President Obama is scheduled to make several public appearances and speeches today.

First, at 10:40 a.m., he's scheduled to host a roundtable discussion with GM workers at a plant in Warren, OH. Afterward he'll deliver remarks on the economy to the plant's workers.

At 1:40 p.m., the President is scheduled to deliver remarks at an AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh.

He'll then fly to Philadelphia, where he's scheduled to speak at a fundraising event for Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter, who faces a tough Senate re-election race next year.

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