In the News: Obama Promises to Speed Up Infrastructure Projects; Cain Skips Scheduled Press Conference and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

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  • Obama Promises to Speed Up Infrastructure Projects, Add Jobs

Speaking to a crowd of construction workers on Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama remarked that one of the most immediate ways to add jobs to the economy is to fund big infrastructure projects.

The White House announced Obama is ordering the Department of Transportation to award $527 million in pending road and bridge repair grants by the end of the year, as well as speed up applications for another $110 million in financing for projects in 2012.

“How do we sit back and watch China and Europe build the best bridges and high-speed railroads and gleaming new airports, and we’re doing nothing at a time when we’ve got more than a million unemployed construction workers?” asked Obama.

Read more at CNN…

  • Going Gets Tough for Cain’s Campaign Trail

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was a no-show at a press conference in Alexandria, Va. Wednesday morning amid recent sexual harassment allegations.

Cain arrived at the Hilton Hotel in suburban Virginia to meet with doctors on health care reform in a “closed-door session.” After the session, Cain was met by a mob of assembled photographers who fired questions about his harassment allegations.  A scuffle ensued between hotel security and the photographers as Cain avoided questions and maneuvered through the crowd, according to The Huffington Post.

Cain did not appear at the news conference the news media was told would take place directly after the meeting.

Read more at The Huffington Post…

  • Steve Jobs Documentary Airs Tonight

PBS will broadcast Steve Jobs – One Last Thing tonight at 10:00 pm EST.

The documentary will feature Steve Wozniak and original Apple co-founder Ron Wayne, among others.  The network says the documentary features never-before-seen interview footage of Steve Jobs one year after he was diagnosed with cancer.

According to BookScan, Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs has sold a notable 379,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release.

Read more at Mashable…

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