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Obama: Congress obstructs, so I act alone

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Photo - From left, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, President Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, and first lady Michelle Obama look on during the Marine Barracks Evening Parade, on Friday, June 27, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
From left, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, President Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, and first lady Michelle Obama look on during the Marine Barracks Evening Parade, on Friday, June 27, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he'll keep acting on his own as long as congressional Republicans block his economic agenda.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he has moved to attract jobs, raise workers' wages and help students pay off loans because Republican obstructionism is keeping the system rigged against the middle class. He says if it makes Republicans in Congress mad that he's trying to help people, they can join him so they can work together.

Obama also wished good luck to the U.S. team as it prepares for its next World Cup soccer match in Brazil.

In the Republican address, Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy pushes growing the U.S. energy, manufacturing and construction industries, including approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, to create jobs.

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Online:

Obama's address: http://www.whitehouse.gov

Republican address: http://www.youtube.com/user/gopweeklyaddress

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