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President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting at Wyffels Hybrids Inc. seed company, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, in Atkinson, Illinois. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire in a nation desperate for jobs, President Barack Obama will soon announce a broad package of tax cuts, construction work and help for the millions of Americans who have been unemployed for months, a White House official said Wednesday. Republicans immediately cast doubt about any such plan, setting up a fresh economic showdown as the presidential campaign intensifies.

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