President Obama speaks on education at University at Buffalo, State University of New York, on Thursday. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Carpenters work on a housing site in Brandywine, Md., on May 31. Pent-up demand for homes could create jobs and help the struggling U.S. economy. Gary Cameron/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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