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Obama seeks power to merge agencies; first up would be commerce, trade

Published 01/13/2012, West Central Tribune

President Barack Obama on Friday took aim at his government's own messy bureaucracy, prodding Congress to give him greater power to merge agencies and promising he would start by collapsing six major economic departments into one. Pressing Republicans on one of their own political issues, Obama said it was time for an "effective, lean government."

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