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AP Photo President Barack Obama speaks before signing the SCHIP legislation in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, in Washington.

Obama signs bill extending children's health insurance

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a bill extending health coverage to 4 million uninsured children, a move he called a first step toward fulfilling a campaign pledge to provide insurance for all Americans.

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It was a victory for Obama a day after his nominee to shepherd his broad health care agenda stepped aside amid tax problems.

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