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President Obama / Charles Dharapak, AP

President Obama spends Thursday talking about the economy, privacy and national security.

In the morning, Obama and Vice President Biden meet with members of Congress about possible changes to National Security Agency surveillance programs.

Obama is scheduled to unveil a package of NSA changes later this month, as some lawmakers and civil libertarians argue that current surveillance programs violate privacy rights.

This afternoon, turning to the economy, Obama announces creation of federally assisted "Promise Zones" in five cities and areas: San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Under the plan, the federal government will partner with local officials and businesses to offer tax incentives and grants designed to help create jobs and improve education, housing and public safety.

Obama and Biden also meet in the afternoon with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.



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