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By Dan Froomkin
12:17 PM ET, 04/23/2009

Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports for the New York Times on Obama's trip to an Iowa town yesterday: "Maytag is gone, its old factory replaced by a wind energy plant, which is why President Obama came to Newton, population 16,000, on Wednesday to mark Earth Day. He declared 'a new era of energy exploration in America' and pitched his energy plan as a win-win for the economy and the environment. 'The choice we face is not between saving our environment and saving our economy,' Mr. Obama said. 'The choice we face is between prosperity and decline. We can remain the world's leading importer of oil, or we can become the world's leading exporter of clean energy.'"

Slate has a nifty photo gallery of candid shots from White House photographer Pete Souza.

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