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Obama talks tough on trade with China, despite government purchase

A federal inspector general discovered that the Obama administration broke its own stimulus program rules to purchase solar panels made in China for $200,000.

President Barack Obama told a campaign crowd in Ohio Wednesday he would be tougher than his Republican opponent Mitt Romney when it comes to trade with China.

‚??He‚??s been talking tough on China, he says he‚??s going to take the fight to them, he‚??s going to go after these cheaters,‚?Ě said Obama, who credits his administration for filing nine trade complaints against the Communist country.

‚??So when you hear this new found outrage, when you see these ads he‚??s running promising to get tough on China, it feels a lot like that fox saying, ‚??You know, we need more secure chicken coops.‚?? I mean, it‚??s just not credible,‚?Ě Obama said.

In one of those actions, the Obama administration accused China of flooding the U.S. market with heavily subsidized solar panels and in May imposed stiff tariffs up to 250 percent on the imports.

However, the action came after a federal inspector general discovered that the Obama administration broke its own stimulus program rules to purchase solar panels made in China for $200,000, which are now installed on the rooftop of a federal building in the president‚??s home state of Illinois.

‚??I‚??m not just talking the talk,‚?Ě Obama told the cheering Ohio crowd. ‚??I have woken up every single day doing everything I can to give American workers a fair shot in this global economy.‚?Ě

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Audrey Hudson is an award-winning investigative journalist whose enterprise reporting has sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in 2009 for her report on dangerous drug experiments by the federal government on war veterans, which prompted internal investigations and needed reforms within the Veterans Affairs Department. The report also captured first place for investigative reporting by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby Awards for news and politics. Her breaking stories have been picked up and followed by major news publications and periodicals, including Readers Digest, Washington Monthly, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington as a newspaper reporter and as a Capitol Hill staffer for Western lawmakers, she will now lead Human Events‚?? coverage of energy and environmental issues. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. Audrey‚??s email is AHudson@EaglePub.Co

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