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President Obama in Austin this week for two-day fundraising trip

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President Barack Obama speaking in East Room White House January 2014
President Barack Obama will return to Austin for fundraising events on July 9 and 10.  Photo by Jacquelyn Martin

UPDATE: In addition to the fundraising events, President Obama will speak at the Paramount Theater on Thursday. According to the Austin American-Statesman, free tickets will be distributed to the public on a first-come basis at 8:30 am on Tuesday, July 8. Tickets are limited to one per person for Obama's talk regarding the economy. 

Capital Metro has announced it will reroute nine of its bus routes starting on the morning Wednesday, July 9 and ending in the afternoon on Thursday, July 10. Expect delays on the following routes: 2 Rosewood (WB/EB), 6 East 12th (WB/EB), 17 Cesar Chavez (WB/EB), 10 South First/Red River (NB/SB), 20 Manor/Riverside (NB/SB), 37 Colony Park/Windsor Park (NB/SB), 100 MetroAirport (OB), 485 Night Owl Cameron (NB/SB) and MetroAccess.

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Prepare for more traffic than normal when President Barack Obama returns to Austin this week for two political fundraisers.

Officials from the Democratic National Committee say that the president will attend fundraising events on July 9 and 10 in Austin. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Texas filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will host the first event on July 9 at his Austin home.

As of now, the Austin Transportation Department and the Austin Police Department will not confirm road closures or detours for the president's visit, citing Secret Service protocol. Capital Metro will list detailed information on bus detours under the “Service Alerts” section of the website when information can become public.

Tickets for the Rodriguez-hosted fundraiser range from $5,000 to $32,400. Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, Rosario Dawson and Danny Trejo are slated to make appearances at the event, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The president will stay overnight in Austin and appear at a July 10 fundraiser and roundtable discussion hosted by Aimee Boone Cunningham at her home. Cunningham serves as the assistant secretary of the Center for Reproductive Rights. Tickets for this event are $32,400.

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