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Obama institutes ethics rules, freezes salaries

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's first public act in office Wednesday was to formalize strict new limits on lobbyists operating in his White House and peel back presidential decision-making to allow more public scrutiny.

Obama made several moves aimed at creating what he called "a new standard of openness" about the behind-the-scenes machinations of his White House -- and those before it.

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