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President Barack Obama, whose administration is staving off questions about several controversies, including the IRS-Tea Party investigation and the National Security Agency telephone surveillance offense – said Congress needs to move beyond “phony scandals.”

Speaking at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., on Wednesday, Obama gave the first of what will be several speeches on his economic proposals. He harshly criticized gridlock in Congress and pledged executive action.
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