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President Obama challenges Congress on debt talks

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President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on June 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama started the news conference by discussing the economy, before fielding questions about the War Powers Act and his authority to continue military support in the NATO-led offensive against Gadhafi forces in Libya and the ongoing budget negotiations with Congress.

It’s funny what doing home renovations makes you sensitive to. After hanging too many doors, painting too many walls, installing too many window treatments, and building too much furniture – I find myself noticing interior design and decorations more than I probably should.

Every time I see an event or a press conference in the White House I pause and think to myself that it looks overly ornate. It doesn’t look “American” to me.

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Read the story about President Obama's Tuesday press conference or watch the video below.

NBC's Jim Miklaszewski joins msnbc to discuss President Obama's latest comments on the war in Afghanistan as well as NATO's military presence in Libya.