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Obama goads GOP to explain opposition to jobs bill BY SCOTT WILSON AND DAVID NAKAMURA Washington Post Service
U.S. President Barack Obama urged U.S. senators Thursday to pass his jobs bill and warned Republicans who oppose the measure that they will have to explain their opposition “to me, and more importantly, to their constituencies” at a time of mounting economic uncertainty. During a late-morning news conference, Obama emphasized the support that elements of his $447 billion job-creating proposal have received from both parties in the past. But he also issued an explicit warning to senators, particularly in the Republican Party, that he would make any “no” vote a political issue in the emerging 2012 campaign. Obama also said he was comfortable with a proposal by Senate Democrats to help fund the package through a surcharge on income above $1 million — a provision unlikely to pass. “I think it’s fair to say that I have gone out of my way in every instance — sometimes at my own political peril and to the frustration of Democrats — to work with Republicans to ﬁnd common ground to move this country forward,” Obama said. “Each time, what we’ve seen is games-playing, a preference to try to score political points rather than actually get something done.” After weeks of campaigning outside Washington on behalf of his plan, imploring audiences both in swing states and in GOP territory to urge Congress to “pass this bill,” Obama said he expected the Senate to do so as the economy stalls, dragging down his own political prospects. The vote had been scheduled for next week. But, as Obama spoke, Senate Democrats agreed to a Republican request to put the president’s legislation to a vote later Thursday. “If it turns out that there are
Above and below, mourners pay tribute to the iconic co-founder of Apple at the company's stores across the world.
Visionary Jobs redefined the digital age BY JORDAN ROBERTSON AND RACHEL METZ Associated Press
Steve Jobs was mourned around the world Thursday through the very devices he conceived: People held up pictures of candles on their iPads, reviewed his life on Macintosh computers and tapped out tributes on iPhones. One day after his death, two days after Apple introduced the latest incarnation of a touchscreen phone that touched pop culture, sadness and admiration poured out — not for a rock star, not for a religious ﬁgure, but for a U.S. corporate executive. “He was a genius,” Rosario Hidalgo said outside an Apple Store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan while her daugh-
generation, Jobs was remembered as their Elvis Presley or John Lennon. Perhaps even their Thomas Edison. “It’s like the end of the innovators,” said Scott Robbins, 34, who described himself as an Apple fan of 20 years and who rushed to an Apple Store in San Francisco when he heard the news. Apple announced Jobs’ death Wednesday night and remembered him as a “visionary and creative genius.” The company announced no cause of death, but Jobs had been diagnosed with a rare pancreatic cancer HIRO KOMAE/AP seven years ago and had a liver By people who have grown transplant in 2009. He was 56. ter, 21-month-old Carlotta, used On Thursday, the Apple an iPhone to play an app that up in a world where iPod headteaches children to match ani- phones are as ubiquitous as wristwatches were to a previous • TURN TO JOBS, 2A mal sounds to animal pictures.
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Gadhafi urges resistance to Libya’s new leaders BY KIM GAMEL AND HADEEL AL SHALCHI Associated Press
TRIPOLI, Libya — Moammar Gadhaﬁ called on Libyans to take to the streets and wage a campaign of civil disobedience against the country’s new leaders Thursday — the ﬁrst word from the fugitive leader in just over two weeks. Gadhaﬁ said the National Transitional Council, which has assumed leadership of the country since then-rebel forces swept into Tripoli in late August, has no legitimacy because it was not nominated or appointed by the Libyan people. He called on his countrymen to “go out in new million-man marches in all cities and villages and oases.” “Be courageous, rise up, go out in the streets,” he said. “Raise the green ﬂag in the skies . . . the conditions in Libya are unbearable.” Gadhaﬁ made the appeal in a poor quality audio recording and it was not possible to verify his identity, but it was broadcast on Syrian• TURN TO GADHAFI, 2A
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Palestinian anger at U.S. rising over U.N. veto threat diplomatic convoy in the West Bank town of Ramallah, chanting “shame on you” and hurling a shoe outside a U.S.-hosted reception at a local restaurant. Some senior politicians and well-known opinion makers have publicly written off the United States as a credible broker, tapping into a broad sentiment among Palestinians that going to the United Nations, in deﬁance of Washington, was the right move. Washington’s threat to block U.N. recognition of Palestine is an “act of aggression,” said writer Hani al Masri, who boycotted the Ramallah reception by U.S. diplomats. Other invitees said they
BY KARIN LAUB AND MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinians have long been skeptical of the United States’ ability to help them win independence. But low expectations have turned into frustration and in some cases outright anger after the United States threatened to derail a bid for U.N. recognition of an independent state and Congress put on hold $200 million in aid. Protests have been small so far, from burning a few U.S. ﬂags and pictures of President Barack Obama to editorials blasting U.S. policy and portraying Washington as beholden to Israel. This week, about 30 people accosted a U.S. • TURN TO PALESTINIANS, 6A
Palestinians shout slogans at a U.S. diplomatic vehicle during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Monument in Czech Republic honors Woodrow Wilson BY PATRICIA SULLIVAN
Washington Post Service
Almost a century after his election, Woodrow Wilson may not be the most-remembered former U.S. president in his native land. Sure, there’s a presidential library and museum in rural Virginia, an international center for scholars in
Washington and a big bridge over the Potomac. But ask the average person on the street to tell you something about Wilson, and you may not get much. In the Czech Republic, however, Wilson is a rock star. In Prague this week, a monument of Wilson, one of the few
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statues of a U.S. president on foreign soil, was dedicated at the main train station, which is also named after him. The ceremony was part of a week-long series of events in Prague commemorating Wilson. Wilson was once considered the foster father of Czechoslova-
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kia for championing its independence after World War I. “The admiration of the people for him amounts almost to hero worship,” Tomas Masaryk, Czechoslovakia’s ﬁrst president, said years later. The statue was raised Sept. 8, • TURN TO WILSON STATUE, 2A
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