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White House week ahead: Obama talks economy, heads to Lone Star State

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President Obama this week will devote much of his attention to the economy, holding multiple events on jobs before traveling to Texas to raise money for Democrats and attend a memorial service at Fort Hood.

The White House spent most of last week trumpeting the more than 7 million Americans who signed up for Obamacare. Although Obama's signature domestic initiative is consuming Washington, polls show the economy is still the issue of paramount concern to voters ahead of the November midterms.

The president on Monday will make the quick trip to Bladensburg, Md., to promote a competition to boost access to real-world career skills in high school. Obama will hold another economic event at the White House Tuesday.

A lackluster March jobs report, however, demonstrated just how difficult it has been for the White House to showcase positive economic results.

And Obama's domestic priorities have been overshadowed of late by the ongoing showdown with Russia over the annexation of Crimea.

Obama on Wednesday, along with first lady Michelle Obama, will travel to Houston, Texas, for a pair of fundraisers. The president's fundraising push comes after a Supreme Court decision in which justices said individuals could donate to as many political candidates as they desired.

The White House criticized the Supreme Court decision but has given no indication of how the ruling will impact their appeals to donors.

The president on Wednesday will also attend a memorial service for those killed and injured during the shooting at Fort Hood last week, Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday.

Obama on Thursday will deliver remarks at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library to honor the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

Closing out his week, Obama on Friday will give a speech at the National Action Network’s annual convention in New York City.

This article was first posted at 6:10 a.m. and has been updated.

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