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News roundup: October 5, 2011

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Mitt Romney has taken a sharp right turn to adopt the extreme conservative policies of the Tea Party. As Massachusetts governor, Romney sought to close corporate tax loopholes but has now flip-flopped on those policies, calling for vast economic deregulation and rejecting closing tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.

While touring North Texas, President Obama touted the American Jobs Act, the bill that would help millions of Americans get back to work. "The time for gridlock and games is over," the President told students at Eastfield College in Mesquite. "The time for action is now." President Obama emphasized the key points of the bill, which would extend public projects to keep teachers, firefighters, and police officers employed; shrink payroll taxes; and extend benefits to the unemployed.

The recession has affected many American industries, but teachers and students have been particularly hard hit. Nearly 300,000 educators have been laid off due to state budget shortfalls since 2008. According to a White House report, the American Jobs Act would invest $30 billion in state and local education efforts that would rehire nearly 400,000 school personnel, including teachers, guidance counselors, and tutors.

Have a question for First Lady Michelle Obama? Use the Twitter hashtag #AskMichelle, and the First Lady may answer your question about Let’s Move!, her initiative to end childhood obesity.

Marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Department of Health and Human Services' Kathleen Sebelius expressed the administration’s commitment to fighting and preventing breast cancer. Under the new health reform law, women can receive preventive health care under Medicare and most private health plans with no co-pays or out-of-pocket costs.