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WHITE HOUSE

Obama tells donors his re-election is no ‘slam-dunk’

Imploring supporters to stick with him, President Obama acknowledged Tuesday that his re-election is not “a slam-dunk” because of understandable public skepticism over the economy, but said his campaign would put forward a vision aligned with the mood of the country.

The president, addressing donors at a hotel near the White House, drew attention to his efforts to heal the economy, end the Iraq War and overhaul the health care system, but said “all those things don’t mean that much to somebody if they’re still out of work right now or their house is still underwater by $100,000. So, yeah, this is going to be tough.

“We’re going to have to fight for it. It’s not going to be a slam-dunk,” he said. Mr. Obama said the campaign would pursue “the vision that is truest to our history and most representative of the core decency of the American people.”

Mr. Obama spoke hours after his top campaign advisers said they were uncertain about which Republican will emerge to challenge him next year, but predicted a long GOP primary contest that they say will produce a weaker opponent in 2012.

SENATE

Democrats question call on morning-after pill

Leading Democratic senators are demanding that the Obama administration explain its decision to continue restricting access to Plan B, the morning-after birth control pill, for girls younger than 17.

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and 13 colleagues wrote Tuesday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seeking the “specific rationale and the scientific data” behind the move.

Mrs. Sebelius overruled the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to approve the emergency contraceptive for sale over the counter to girls and women of any age.

Plan B will remain available without a prescription only to those 17 and older who can prove their age. The FDA would have allowed it on drugstore shelves, next to condoms.

CAMPAIGN

Trump says he won’t host GOP debate

NEW YORK — Donald Trump says he is pulling out of a Republican presidential debate he had agreed to moderate in Iowa.

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