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Unemployment Benefits Expire for 1.3 Million Americans

moneyToday is certainly not a good day for the long-term unemployed.

As of today, 1.3 million Americans are impacted as they’re cut off from unemployment benefits.

Fox News and the Associated Press report President Obama has reached out to two senators with his support in their proposal to expend the jobless aid for three months.

In a statement, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest indicated:

“This morning, the President placed separate telephone calls to Senator Jack Reed and Senator Dean Heller to offer his support for their proposal to extend emergency unemployment benefits for three months. The President said his administration would, as it has for several weeks now, push Congress to act promptly and in bipartisan fashion to address this urgent economic priority.” Read more

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Gibbs To Step Down As Press Secretary After SOTU

Robert Gibbs is stepping down as the chief spokesman for the White House after Obama delivers his State of the Union address, Fox News reports.

He will serve as an outside adviser to the president and give speeches and make TV appearances on President Obama’s behalf, though he will no longer be the official face of the administration.

“What I’m going to do next is step back a little bit, recharge some,” he said.

A search for Gibbs’ replacement is underway; leading contenders include deputy press secretaries Bill Burton and Josh Earnest and Joe Biden‘s spokesman Jay Carney.