Obama’s NYC visit tonight will raise funds — and tie up traffic

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will be in New York City Tuesday as part of a two-stop day trip to highlight technological developments and to raise money for the Democratic Party from a newly energized gay community.

First, Obama is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh, where he will visit a workshop designed to give entrepreneurs, inventors and creators the space and the tools to design and build their prototypes.

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He then will fly to New York City for a gala lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

The White House says Obama will raise money for the Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic group that takes unlimited donations. Obama’s appearance will complete his gradual acceptance of the big-money groups he once opposed.

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The president is scheduled to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport about 4:30 p.m., then he will be taken to Midtown for the fundraiser.

It comes a day after the White House announced plans for Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.