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Jon Huntsman to Introduce Four-Part Jobs Plan

LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images(HUDSON, N.H.) -- Jon Huntsman will deliver his first policy speech at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, New Hampshire Wednesday afternoon, introducing a four-part strategy to resolve the United States’ jobs crisis.

A source close to the campaign tells ABC News that Huntsman’s plan is titled: “Time to Compete: An American Jobs Plan.”  The speech will address tax reform, regulatory reform, energy independence, and free trade.

Huntsman will highlight the same core values he has tackled on the campaign trail, largely focusing on American competitiveness in the global marketplace.

“The president believes that we can tax and spend and regulate our way to prosperity,” Huntsman is expected to say in his prepared remarks. “We cannot. We must compete our way to prosperity. When I was born, manufacturing comprised 25 percent of our GDP. Today, it’s down to 10 percent. This does not reflect a decline in American ingenuity or work ethic; it reflects our government’s failure to adapt to the realities of the 21st Century economy. We need American entrepreneurs not only thinking of products like the iPhone or Segway; we need American workers building those products.  It’s time for Made in America to mean something again.”

Huntsman will continue: “It’s time for America to start working again; It’s time for America to start building things again; It’s time for America to compete again.  I believe with a new administration we can do just that.”

Spokesperson Tim Miller tells ABC News, “A New Hampshire manufacturer provides the right backdrop for Gov. Huntsman’s call for America to begin making things again.  Gov. Huntsman will advocate for many of the same policies that took Utah to number one in the nation in job creation.”

Huntsman is the first presidential candidate to officially announce a jobs plan, although other GOP hopefuls say theirs are in the offing. GOP rival Mitt Romney will unveil his own strategy in Nevada on Sept. 6.

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Lawmakers Criticize US Policy On Egypt, Urge Using Aid As Leverage

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle Wednesday criticized longstanding U.S. policy over successive American presidents who have stood by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for three decades, despite evidence he suppressed political opposition and was behind numerous human rights abuses in his country. They also criticized the Obama administration for being too slow to embrace the aspirations of the protestors who have called for Mubarak’s ouster.

“In both Egypt and Lebanon we have failed to effectively leverage U.S. assistance in support of peaceful pro-democracy forces and to help build strong accountable, independent and democratic institutions as a bulwark against the instability which is now spreading throughout much of the region. Instead of being proactive we have been obsessed with maintaining short term personality-based stability; stability that was never really all that stable as the events of recent weeks demonstrate,” House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said at the beginning of a hearing Wednesday on the recent instability in those countries.

At least two Democrats also suggested leveraging America’s $1.5 billion aid package to Mubarak to enact reforms the U.S. has called for.

“While we can’t determine Egypt’s future leader, we should use our influence to encourage a process of change that is orderly and a government whose foreign and security policies support our interests,” Ranking Member Howard Berman, D-Calif., said.

Congressman Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., even called for the Obama administration to cut off aid to Egypt.

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