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Inside Politics: Obama undergoes fitness test; results pending
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President Obama underwent a fitness test at a Pentagon health clinic over the weekend as part of a periodic medical exam coordinated by his doctor.
The White House said the results will be released by February.
The Fit to Win Clinic says on its website that its mission is “to enhance military readiness and civilian wellness through fitness, nutrition, health education and positive lifestyle behavior changes.” Mr. Obama returned to the White House after spending just under two hours at the Pentagon.
Mr. Obama, 51, who takes the oath of office next week to begin his second term, had his most recent physical exam in October 2011. At the time, he was said to be in excellent health and tobacco-free after years of cigarette smoking. Mr. Obama’s doctor reported that he was physically active, ate a healthy diet, maintained a healthy weight and on occasion drank alcohol in moderation.
That exam was Mr. Obama’s second since he became president in 2009. His first medical checkup was conducted in February 2010.
During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2010, Mr. Obama received 12 stitches in his lower lip after taking an errant elbow during a pickup basketball game with visiting friends and family. The medical report from Mr. Obama’s physical exam the following year found a “well-healed lower-lip laceration” — an apparent reference to that injury.
Chamber, faith groups plan push for reform
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be joining a broad coalition of law enforcement officials, faith groups and immigrant-rights activists Thursday in a concerted push for the Obama administration and Congress to pass a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws this year.
The National Press Club event Thursday afternoon is scheduled to include Chamber President Thomas J. Donahue; former George W. Bush administration Commerce Department chief Carlos Gutierrez, now a vice chairman at Citigroup; Indiana Attorney General Gregory F. Zoeller; and members of the National Immigration Forum and faith-based organizations.
Chamber officials, in announcing the event, said that what they called a growing bipartisan “economic imperative to improve our immigration process” in the just-elected 113th Congress “marks the best opportunity for broad immigration reform in nearly a decade.”
Lawmakers cautious after Jindal’s new tax proposal
BATON ROUGE — Lawmakers responded with caution Friday to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to eliminate Louisiana’s income tax in exchange for higher sales taxes and other tax-code changes, saying they needed more specifics about the idea.
They questioned how it will impact low- to middle-income families and whether sales taxes are too unstable a revenue source on which to base the state’s budget.
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