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A spokesman says Mr. Obama talked to Mr. Buffett and Mr. Mulally about possible measures to spur investment and increase growth, as well as ways of reducing America’s long-term debt.

Deputy press secretary Josh Earnest announced that Mr. Obama will fly to Detroit on Labor Day to meet with working men and women and speak to the city’s labor council.


State senator weighs run against Giffords

TUCSON | A Republican Arizona state senator plans to announce Monday that he has formed an exploratory committee to examine a possible run next year for the congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Sen. Frank Antenori of Tucson made extensive public comments last week about the committee but plans to make his formal announcement Monday before a Republican women’s group in Tucson.

Mrs. Giffords is in her third term in Congress but has spent the past eight months recovering from a gunshot wound she suffered during a Jan. 8 meeting with voters.

She hasn’t indicated if she’ll seek re-election and also has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Antenori says he won’t say whether he’s running until January or February after congressional districts are redrawn.


Republican Ryan says he won’t seek presidency

MADISON | U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says he won’t run for president next year.

The Republican congressman from Wisconsin issued a statement Monday saying he appreciates supporters urging him to seek the 2012 nomination, but he hasn’t changed his mind about staying out of the race.

Mr. Ryan chairs the House Budget Committee and crafted a GOP budget plan this year aimed at slashing federal spending on programs such as Medicare.

The congressman from Janesville says he hopes the GOP will nominate a candidate committed to an agenda that “restores the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation.”

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