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Obama calls on Congress to help in bank bailout

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's not about helping banks but helping the people who rely on them for loans to buy a home or car, to finance a small business or pay for college. That was President Barack Obama 's way of building support for what could be even more money to bailout banks. In his speech Tuesday night, Obama asked Congress to do what's necessary to restore financial stability.

President  Obama says it's his goal to see that every child in the country has access to a complete and competitive education. Speaking to a joint session of Congress, Obama noted that three-quarters of the fastest growing jobs in America require more than a high school diploma but nearly half of Americans don't have one.

The President is urging investment in clean energy, saying it will help America lead the world in the 21st century.  In his Capitol Hill address, Obama called on lawmakers to approve a "market-based cap" on carbon pollution and a measure that "drives the production of more renewable energy."

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is leading the GOP response to President Barack Obama 's speech. He says Obama 's way of handling the economy moves in the wrong direction by raising more taxes and putting more money and power in Washington. He says Americans will pay a price in the future.

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