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The Times looks at the White House's thinking on the economy:


Mr. Obama's senior adviser, David Plouffe, and his chief of staff, William M. Daley, want him to maintain a pragmatic strategy of appealing to independent voters by advocating ideas that can pass Congress, even if they may not have much economic impact. These include free trade agreements and improved patent protections for inventors.

The message I got from that piece is that Obama really has no plans to "pivot to jobs" in any meaningful way. There's a real point to be made that Obama is limited (though not totally stymied) by House Republicans. It's one of the reasons anything dubbing itself a "poverty tour" should begin by targeting vulnerable GOP districts, and registering voters in those districts.

Still, unemployment in African-American communities is somewhere around 16 percent. From what I can tell, the argument that these people should support Obama seems to be "Vote Democratic, or your life will get even worse." Not the stuff of inspiration, but it does have the virtue of likely being true

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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