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Obama using executive power to keep 'indifference or greed' from hurting America's families

President Barack Obama greets a small child on the sidewalk outside of Matt's Bar in Minneapolis, Thursday, June 26, 2014, after having lunch with Rebekah Erler. Obama traveled to Minnesota to begin a two-day trip, where he plans to put a human face on the economic policies he and Democrats are championing, and met with Erler, who wrote the White House about her struggles to make ends meet. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama greets a small child on the sidewalk outside of Matt's Bar in Minneapolis, Thursday, June 26, 2014, after having lunch with Rebekah Erler. Obama traveled to Minnesota to begin a two-day trip, where he plans to put a human face on the economic policies he and Democrats are championing, and met with Erler, who wrote the White House about her struggles to make ends meet. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

MINNEAPOLIS - President Barack Obama says Republican obstructionism in Congress is keeping intact a system that is "rigged" against average people who are trying to do the right thing.

Obama is telling a crowd in Minneapolis that Republicans have blocked or voted down "every single serious idea" to help the middle class, including raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits.

He says he's been taking steps on his own to help because he can't allow "indifference or greed" to threaten hard-working families.

Obama was in Minnesota partly because the state recently approved a more than $3-an-hour increase in the state's minimum wage. The wage will climb from $6.15 to $9.50 an hour by 2016.

Congress so far has ignored Obama's call to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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