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By Dan Froomkin
12:10 PM ET, 04/22/2009

Ann Sanner writes for the Associated Press: "Calling on Americans to volunteer, President Barack Obama signed a $5.7 billion national service bill Tuesday that triples the size of the AmeriCorps service program over the next eight years and expands ways for students to earn money for college. 'What this legislation does, then, is to help harness this patriotism and connect deeds to needs,' said Obama, a former community organizer in Chicago."

Sharon Theimer writes for the Associated Press: "President Barack Obama's inauguration fundraisers had no problem capitalizing on a hot market for keepsakes. Their sales of Obama souvenirs reaped $2 million, boosting the inaugural committee's money total to about $55 million."

Steven R. Hurst writes for the Associated Press: "President Barack Obama will invite the Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian leaders to the White House in the coming weeks for separate talks on moving forward with the Middle East peace process, the White House said Tuesday."

Stephen Power and Greg Hitt write in the Wall Street Journal: "Top officials from the Obama administration are urging members of Congress to pass legislation capping U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions, warning that failure to do so would exacerbate climate change and risk ceding jobs in innovative, low-carbon industries to other countries, according to copies of their prepared testimony."

Michael D. Shear writes for The Washington Post: "White House Communications Director Ellen Moran is leaving her post to become the chief of staff at the Commerce Department, becoming the first of President Obama's top advisers to depart his inner circle, White House sources said."

Bernie Becker writes for the New York Times: "Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are headed up north for a little friendly back-and-forth.... The two will appear at the Metro Toronto Convention Center on May 29, in their first public appearance together since Mr. Bush left office in January.... Neither Mr. Clinton nor Mr. Bush will deliver prepared remarks at the event, which will be closed to the news media."

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