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In 2012, Obama to press ahead without Congress
An eye on re-election, Obama to seek ways to press ahead in 2012 without Congress
By The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) ' President Barack Obama is entering his fourth year in office having calculated that he no longer needs Congress to promote his agenda and may even benefit in his re-election campaign if lawmakers take little action in 2012.

Devoid of any major policy pushes, much of the year will instead be focused on the biggest goal of all: winning a second term.

The president will keep up a robust domestic travel schedule and aggressive campaign fundraising and use frequent executive actions to try to boost the economy.

Unlike the deadline-driven fights over increasing the government's debt and keeping the government running that defined 2011, there are virtually no must-do pieces of legislation facing Obama and Congress in 2012.

The one exception is negotiations on a full-year payroll tax cut extension.

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