Obama asks lawmakers to back stimulus bill (AP)

House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, center, listens as President Barack Obama speaks to reporters during a meeting about the economy with Congressional leaders, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. From left are, House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C.; House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md.; Boehner;  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif.; and the president. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)AP – President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats sought to ease Republican complaints about a massive economic stimulus plan Friday, meeting with GOP leaders in the White House and promising to consider some of their recommendations.

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