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Obama ready to deal, twist arms on stimulus

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama hopes to put his economic stimulus plan over the top in the Senate this week.

As senators debate the right mix of tax cuts and infrastructure spending, the president stands ready, according to aides, to sweet-talk or arm-twist as the need arises.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet with congressional leaders at the White House this afternoon.

And the president has plans to speak to the Senate Democratic issues retreat in Washington Wednesday.

He'll fly to Williamsburg, Va., Thursday to do the same for House Democrats.

A fair amount of the week's schedule is fluid so Obama can help push the plan to success.

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