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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is getting some high-powered backing of his re-election campaign. It comes from the White House.

President Obama has stepped in to offer his support to Mayor Landrieu.

University of New Orleans political science professor Ed Chervenak says it’s a significant step in a mayoral race.

“You know, it’s unusual, but the mayor said he was going to use every resource and press every advantage,”   Chervenak said.

Landrieu says it’s vital to the city’s recovery to have a good relationship with the federal government.

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President Barack Obama visited the Port of New Orleans on Friday, Nov. 8, delivering a speech on the state of the economy and the vitality of the nation's ports, and touching on future infrastructure spending and the Affordable Care Act.

The full text of the President's remarks, as provided by the White House Press Office:

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President Obama is heading to New Orleans this morning. He selected the port of New Orleans as the backdrop for a speech on the importance of exports. And others are hoping for moment to discuss other economic issues.

President Obama will make two cabinet announcements this afternoon. Sources say he will nominate former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense and counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan to direct the Central Intelligence Agency.

Listen live to NPR's coverage of the announcements starting at 1 p.m., hosted by Ari Shapiro. He will be joined by Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving; Correspondent Tom Gjelten and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson at the White House.

President Barack Obama has re-nominated Shelly Deckert Dick to fill a vacancy on the federal bench in Baton Rouge.

Dick, a Baton Rouge attorney, originally was nominated in April 2012. She is one of 33 candidates for federal judgeships who were re-nominated Thursday by Obama.

Obama said in a statement that many of the nominations "could have and should have been confirmed" before the Senate adjourned.

Dick was nominated fill the seat in the Middle District of Louisiana left vacant by the death of Chief U.S. District Judge Ralph Tyson.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is widely viewed as one of the nation's most conservative federal appellate courts, but President Barack Obama could get a chance to change that perception.

Republican presidents nominated 10 of the 15 active judges serving on the New Orleans-based court. But six of those GOP-nominated judges are eligible for senior status or will be in the next four years, a change that would allow Obama's Democratic administration to nominate their replacements.

The Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band will represent Louisiana in January at the parade honoring the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

The parade is set for Jan. 21 in Washington.

The News-Star reports the Grambling band marched in parades for the inaugural parades of presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush in addition to the 2009 inaugural of Obama.

NPR News will provide live, anchored coverage of President Obama's announcement of John Kerry as his nominee to be the next Secretary of State.

Melissa Block will host, joined by White House Correspondent Scott Horsley, Congressional Correspondent David Welna and Diplomatic Correspondent Michale Kelemen.

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