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President Obama speaks at the TPI Composites Factory, which manufactures wind-turbine blades, in Newton, Iowa, on Thursday. It is Mr. Obama's second visit as president to Newton, a city of about 15,000 east of Des Moines. (Associated Press)

President Obama speaks at the TPI Composites Factory, which manufactures wind-turbine blades, in Newton, Iowa, on Thursday. It is Mr. Obama's second visit as president to Newton, a city of about 15,000 east of Des Moines. (Associated Press)

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