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                                                                                  Obama attacks GOP contenders
                                                                                                By Jim Kuhnhenn
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                                                                                     DECORAH, Iowa — Hitting back
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                                                                                  against an emboldened GOP, President
                                                                                  Obama launched a rare direct attack
                                                                                  Monday on the Republican presiden-
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                                                                                  Obama told the crowd at a town hall-
                                                                                  style meeting in Cannon Falls, Minn.,
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                                                                                  delivered the same message at a town
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                                                                                     “I make no apologies for being rea-                                                                                               Carolyn Kaster/AP
                                                                                  sonable,” Obama declared as he stood
                                                                                  in front of a cheery red barn, surround-            Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, during his three-day bus tour.
                                                                                  ed by bales of hay.
                                                                                     The president recalled a moment in               ton in their nomination fight but where            the GOP front-runner who has had to
                                                                                  last week’s GOP presidential debate                 Republicans now have been blanketing               defend implementing a health care plan
                                                                                  when all eight of the candidates said               the state in preparation for its first-            while governor of Massachusetts that’s
                                                                                  they would refuse to support a deal                 in-the-nation caucuses, attacking the              similar to the federal version.
                                                                                  with tax increases, even if tax revenues            president at every turn. The bus tour                “You’ve got a governor who’s run-
                                                                                  were outweighed 10-to-1 by spending                 came on the heels of U.S. Rep. Michele             ning for president right now who insti-
                                                                                  cuts.                                               Bachmann’s weekend victory in the                  tuted the exact same thing in Massa-
                                                                                     Obama didn’t mention any of the                  Iowa Straw Poll and Texas Gov. Rick                chusetts,” Obama said, referring to a
                                                                                  candidates by name, and prefaced the                Perry’s contest-rattling entrance into             central component of his law — the
                                                                                  remark by saying, “I know it’s not elec-            the race.                                          requirement for nearly everyone to
                                                                                  tion season yet.”                                      It also came after the president spent          carry health insurance.
                                                                                     But his comment underscored that                 much of the summer holed up in the                   “This used to be a Republican idea,”
                                                                                  election season is indeed under way.                nation’s capital enmeshed in bitter, par-          Obama said. “It’s like suddenly they
                                                                                  The bus tour, though an official White              tisan negotiations on the debt crisis that         got amnesia.”
                                                                                  House event rather than a campaign                  cratered his approval ratings and those              The so-called individual mandate in
                                                                                  swing, is taking Obama through three                of Congress amid a faltering economy               Obama’s health care law was struck
                                                                                  states he won in 2008 but where he now              and high unemployment.                             down by a federal appeals court last
                                                                                  needs to shore up his standing. It’s giv-              The president got a rosy reception              week, but Obama expressed confidence
                                                                                  ing him a chance to return to the grass-            from his Minnesota audience, but Iowa              that the Supreme Court ultimately
 Rainfall (in inches) *preliminary climate summary through 4 p.m. yesterday       roots campaigning that helped propel                voters were a tougher crowd, demand-               would uphold it if justices follow exist-
 Yesterday         Month to date                  Year to date                    him to the White House, and shed his                ing to know why he’d compromised                   ing law and precedent.
 0.00               Avg.: 1.82 | Actual: 0.30     Avg.: 29.58 | Actual: 22.31     jacket and tie to mix it up with voters             on principles important to Democrats,                The president will hold what the
                                                                                  in coffee shops and lunch joints far                and asking to hear his plans for dealing           White House is billing as a “rural eco-
                                                                                  from the Beltway — as he did in three               with intransigent Republicans.                     nomic forum” today in Peosta, Iowa,
                                                                                  unscheduled stops Monday, including                    The president responded by pledging             near the Illinois border, where he’ll be
                                                                                  one in a tree-lined Minnesota town                  to present a specific jobs plan to Con-            joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom
                                                                                  where he was swarmed by enthusiastic                gress when lawmakers return from their             Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, to
                                                                                  kids.                                               summer recess in September. “And if                announce several initiatives for rural
                                                                                     The president is traveling in an                 they don’t get it done, then we’ll be              areas.
                                                                                  imposing new $1.1 million bus, out-                 running against a Congress that’s not                He’ll wrap up Wednesday with town
                                                                                  fitted with tinted windows and flash-               doing anything for the American peo-               halls in Atkinson in Northwestern Illi-
                                                                                  ing lights, that the Secret Service pur-            ple and the choice will be very stark              nois, and then in nearby Alpha, Ill.,
                                                                                  chased.                                             and very clear,” the president said.               before returning to Washington.
                                                                                     In Iowa, Obama returned to a state                  At both town hall meetings, Obama                 On Thursday he flies with his family
                                                                                  that handed him a key victory over                  used questions on his health care bill             to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts
                                                                                  Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clin-               to take hard shots at Mitt Romney,                 for his annual summer vacation.

                                                                                  NATION & WORLD
                                                                                  Rebels threaten                                                                                                      from Japan sent the Dow up 213
                                                                                                                                                                                                       points and erased its losses from
                                                                                  to isolate Tripoli                                                                                                   last week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       er Monday” on Wall Street made
                                                                                   threatened to isolate Tripoli by
                                                                                                                                                                                                       investors more optimistic about
                                                                                   blocking key supply routes and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the future. So did a report that
                                                                                   cutting oil pipelines Monday after
                                                                                   a dramatic weekend advance put
                                                                                   them in the strongest position
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and tsunami there on March 11.
                                                                                   since the 6-month-old civil war
                                                                                                                                                                                                       That helped ease worries that
                                                                                   began to attack Moammar Gad-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the U.S. economy may slide into
                                                                                  In Washington, the Obama                                                                                             another recession.
                                                                                    administration said the U.S.                                                                                      The Dow rose 213.88 points, or
                                                                                    was encouraged by the rebel                                                                                        1.9 percent to 11,482.90. It has
                                                                                    advances and hoped they had                                                                                        gained 763 points since Thurs-
                                                                                    broken a months-long stalemate                                                                                     day.

                                                                                  “We are closing the roads for Gad-                                                                                   gain since it rose 927 in Novem-
                                                                                   hafi so there is no way for him to                                                                                  ber 2008, during the depths of
                                                                                   bring anything to Tripoli,” a rebel                                                                                 the financial crisis. The Dow also
                                                                                   field commander, Jumma Dardi-                                                                                       is up 7.1 percent over the three
                                                                                   ra, told The Associated Press.                                                                                      days, the biggest percentage
                                                                                                                  -                                                                                    gain since it rose 9.5 percent the
                                                                                   gic city of Zawiya on Saturday                                                                                      first three days of the bull market
                                                                                   brought them within 30 miles of                                                                                     in March 2009.
                                                                                   Tripoli, the closest they have ever
                                                                                   gotten. After three days of fierce                                                                                  past three days, but financial
                                                                                   battles for the city of 200,000 on                                                                                  analysts warned investors not
                                                                                   the Mediterranean coast, rebel                                                              Giulio Petrocco/AP      to assume that stocks have fully
                                                                                   commanders said they controlled
                                                                                   the south and west of the city and                                                                                  swings.
                                                                                   were fighting for the refineries.                                                                                  The Dow rose or fell by at least
                                                                                                                          resignation, others voiced fury       the state fair is “a family reunion    400 points in four straight
                                                                                   refineries are in Zawiya.              at security officials and Prime       of all Hoosiers,” where farmers        days for the first time. The first
                                                                                  Nuri el-Bouaisi, an oil production      Minister Nouri al-Maliki.             and city dwellers gather for fun.      downgrade of the U.S. credit
                                                                                   engineer in the city, said rebels     “Where is the government with                                                 rating triggered the volatility.
                                                                                   had cut off pipelines that trans-      all these explosions across the       of the band 1,000 Generations          It was worsened by concerns
                                                                                   port gasoline and diesel fuel to       country? Where is al-Maliki?          opened the service with “Fail Us
                                                                                   Tripoli.                                                                     Not,” a song they wrote when           are worsening and that the U.S.
                                                                                                                          said Ali Jumaa Ziad, a Kut shop       one of their friends died in 2008.     economy is weakening.
                                                                                                                          owner. Ziad was brushing pieces                                                          — Associated Press
                                                                                  63 people killed in                     of human flesh from the floor         is keeping trust in God when
                                                                                  bomb blasts in Iraq                                                           tragedies happen.

                                                                                   of bombings killed 63 people          Ind. honors 5 killed                   Stocks rise after
                                                                                   Monday in the most sweeping           in stage collapse                      ‘merger Monday’
                                                                                   seen in more than a year, striking
                                                                                   17 cities from northern Sunni           mourners gathered Monday at          industrial average notched a
                                                                                   areas to the southern Shiite            the Indiana State Fairgrounds        three-day win streak Monday for
                                                                                   heartland.                              to remember five people killed       the first time in six weeks. A $19
                                                                                  The surprising scope and sophis-         when high winds caused an out-       billion corporate buying spree
                                                Source: Hometown Content           tication of the bloodbath sug-          door stage to collapse onto an       and encouraging economic news
                                                                                   gested that al-Qaida remains            audience awaiting the start of a
                                                                                   resilient despite recent signs of       country music concert.
                                                                                   weakness.                             Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told
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