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Examining Obama’s Claims on Job Creation and Pork Barrel Spending

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    OBAMA: "Not a single pet project," he told the news conference. "Not a single earmark."

    THE FACTS: There are no "earmarks," as they are usually defined, inserted by lawmakers in the bill. Still, some of the projects bear the prime characteristics of pork -- tailored to benefit specific interests or to have thinly disguised links to local projects.

    For example, the latest version contains $2 billion for a clean-coal power plant with specifications matching one in Mattoon, Ill., $10 million for urban canals, $2 billion for manufacturing advanced batteries for hybrid cars, and $255 million for a polar icebreaker and other "priority procurements" by the Coast Guard.

    Obama told his Elkhart audience that Indiana will benefit from work on "roads like U.S. 31 here in Indiana that Hoosiers count on." He added, "And I know that a new overpass downtown would make a big difference for businesses and families right here in Elkhart."

    U.S. 31 is a north-south highway serving South Bend, 15 miles from Elkhart in the northern part of the state.

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