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Obama tries to keep 'promise' on poverty

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OBAMA TRIES AGAIN TO KEEP ‘PROMISE’ ON POVERTY - President Obama announced the creation of Promise Zones, a Democratic version of the Jack Kemp/Ronald Reagan Empowerment Zones during the president’s last State of the Union address. With time running out until this year’s address, Obama is getting busy on last year’s “Promise.” Obama today will re-tout the plan for tax incentives and targeted government spending for Southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, as well as blighted portions of San Antonio, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Fox News has more.

PASS NOW, PAY LATER - Pass the $6.4 billion unemployment benefits extension now and negotiate ways to offset it later, that’s the message Senior White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer is giving to Republicans. Pfeiffer told USA Today that President Obama is willing to negotiate a ‘pay for’ if both the House and Senate are willing to pass the measure that would extend unemployment benefits for another three months. “That will give us three months to work out how to do it for the whole year,” Pfeiffer said. However, even if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does allow amendments many House Republicans are signaling they may not find the offsets palatable. Others are willing to make concessions in exchange for progress on The Keystone Pipeline XL.

[Watch Fox: Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., discusses his unemployment bill in the 11 a.m. ET hour]

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