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Obama stumps for jobs plan, calling for prompt action

MEMORY

REMAINS IMPACT FROM SEPT. 11 STILL FELT A DECADE LATER

from Republicans to a speech from a Democratic president in political trouble seeking bipartisanship to repair a long-ailing economy. “You should pass it right away,” the president told lawmakers more than once, and he pledged to campaign for its enactment “in every corner of this country.” There were other hints that Obama intends to carry the fight to Republicans, including his statement that “there’s a bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky” — the states that sent Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to Congress. In a statement issued after the speech, McConnell said, “For months, we’ve been engaged in a national debate about spending and debt, about the need to get our nation’s fiscal house in order, about the need to rein in government . . . Yet here we are, tonight, being asked by this same president to support even more government spending with the assurance that he’ll figure out a way to pay for it later.” Obama offered no estimate of the number of jobs his plan would create. He said the tax cuts he is recommending would mean $1,500 a year for the typical working family and $80,000 for businesses with 50 employees of average pay. Unemployment has been stuck at 9.1 percent for two consecutive months and

BY DAVID ESPO Associated Press

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BY JENNIFER C. KERR AND JENNIFER AGIESTA Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The significance of Sept. 11 has not waned for many U.S. citizens, even a decade after the attacks. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in Chicago finds that more U.S. citizens today say Sept. 11 had an impact on their lives than said so five years ago — 57 percent compared with 50 percent in 2006. As the United States prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of that haunting day, the chilling events that unfolded in New York, Washington and a field in Pennsylvania, still evoke a stir of emotions for everyday U.S. citizens — from anger and shock at so many innocent lives lost to patriotism and pride in the heroes who emerged on hijacked planes and in the rubble of fallen skyscrapers and a shattered Pentagon. • TURN TO 9/11 POLL, 2A n U.S. probing unconfirmed plot, 3A n It’s still the 9/11 era, 7A n Emotionally processing 9/11, 8A n Global solidarity short-lived, 5B n Buck’s pivotal role, Sports Front

WASHINGTON — Wasting no time, U.S. President Barack Obama pitched his $447 billion jobs program of tax cuts and new spending on Friday on the turf of a Republican opponent, challenging Congress to “pass this bill.” Republicans were noncommittal. A day after addressing a joint session of Congress on Thursday night, Obama went to Richmond, Va., the district represented by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a prominent GOP critic of the president. “I know that folks sometimes think they’ve used up the benefit of the doubt but I’m an eternal optimist,” the president told more than 8,000 people at the University of Richmond. “I’m an optimistic person. I believe if you just stay at it long enough, after they’ve exhausted all the other options, folks do the right thing.” But Republicans did not line up to endorse the president’s plan. “The proposals the president outlined tonight merit consideration,” House Speaker John Boehner, ROhio, said after Obama laid out an agenda that leaned heavily on payroll tax cuts to put money into the economy. “We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well. “It’s my hope that we can work together,” Boehner added. While noncommittal, it was one of the more generous reactions • TURN TO OBAMA, 2A

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Pedestrians in lower Manhattan watch smoke rise from the World Trade Tower on Sept. 11, 2001.

Reliving instead of remembering BY AMY WESTFELDT Associated Press

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he planes will crash. You’ll hear police sirens, the voices of those who lived and many who didn’t. You’ll feel like you’re in the buildings. And then they’ll fall. There’s long been talk of a room in the Sept. 11 museum that will look something like this. Planners spoke years ago of an “immersive” area where visitors will hear, see and know what Sept. 11 really felt like. Maybe you’ll hear Brian

Sweeney, a passenger on United Flight 175, calling his wife minutes before his plane barreled into the World Trade center’s south tower. “Jules, it’s Brian. Listen, I’m on an airplane that’s been hijacked,” his voice cracks. “If things don’t go well, it’s not looking good, I just want you to know I absolutely love you.” Or Betty Ong, a flight attendant on the second plane that was steered toward New York, • TURN TO RELIVING, 2A

In shift, Iran’s president calls for end to Syrian crackdown BY NEIL MACFARQUHAR New York Times Service

For years, posters celebrating the decades-old alliance joining Syria and Iran festooned the streets and automobiles of the Syrian capital — the images of presidents Bashar al Assad and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad embroidered with roses and daffodils. But that alliance is now strained, and now Ahmadinejad of Iran has become the most recent, and perhaps most unexpected, world leader to call for Assad to end his violent crackdown of an uprising challenging his authoritarian rule in Syria. When the Arab Spring first broke out, upending the regional order, Iran seemed to emerge a winner: Its regional adversary, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, was ousted from power and its most important ally, Syria, was emboldened. But the popular demands for change swept into Syr-

ia, and now, as Assad’s forces continue to shoot unarmed demonstrators, Iran sees its fortunes fading on two fronts: Its image as a guardian of Arab resistance has been battered, and its most vital regional strategic ally is in danger of being ousted. Even while it has been accused of providing financial and material support for Assad’s crackdown, Iran has increased calls for Syria to end the violence and reform its political process, a formula Tehran apparently hopes will repair its image and, if heeded, possibly bolster Assad’s standing. “Regional nations can assist the Syrian people and government in the implementation of essential reforms and the resolution of their problems,” Ahmadinejad said in an interview in Tehran on Thursday, according to his official website. Other press accounts of the interview with a Portuguese television

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station quoted him as also saying, “A election in 2009 prompted huge military solution is never the right street demonstrations that were put solution,” an ironic assessment from down with decisive force. a man whose own questionable reThe collapse of the Assad gov-

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, right, has become the most recent, and perhaps most unexpected, world leader to call for Bashar al Assad to end his violent crackdown in Syria. BASSEM TELLAWI/AP

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ernment would be a strategic blow to Shiite-majority Iran, cutting off its most important bridge to the Arab world while empowering its main regional rivals, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, both Sunni-majority nations. Iran would also lose its main arms pipeline to Hezbollah in Lebanon, further undermining its ambition to be the primary regional power from the Levant to Pakistan. Iran has been helping Syria with everything from money to advice on controlling the Web, analysts say, offering its expertise to help stave off the effect Assad’s collapse would have on Tehran’s regional ambitions. “Iran calling for Syria to dialogue rather than use force against its population is akin to Silvio Berlusconi telling Charlie Sheen not to womanize,” said Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who is a sharp critic of the Iranian leadership.

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