Obama to meet with Blair, sign economic order

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama will meet with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in a private session Monday morning.

In the afternoon, Obama will sign an executive order the White House describes as part of his “We Can’t Wait” campaign to help the economy. Saying the country can’t wait for Congress, Obama has begun taking unilateral steps that he says will encourage economic growth. The actions do not require congressional approval.

The stalled Middle East peace process is a likely topic for discussion between Blair and Obama. Blair is the Mideast envoy for international mediators who last week failed in their latest attempt to bring Israeli and Palestinian officials back to the bargaining table.