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Obama Adviser: ‘The Average American’ Vote Not Based On Unemployment Numbers

One of President Barack Obama’s senior advisers, David Plouffe, said Wednesday that the state of unemployment will not affect the way individual Americans vote in 2012. “The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe, who ran Obama’s 2008 election, told Bloomberg.

Will Fast And Furious Controversy Shut Down The ATF For Good?

The controversy surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) plan to allow firearms to cross the Mexican border in the hope of tracking down drug lords, continues to haunt the agency. The White House has said it will not comment while the official investigations into the operation are being carried out by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Justice Department Inspector General, but rumors are circulating that the embattled agency could be brought down in the aftermath.

Republicans, Democrats Still Far Apart On Deficit Debate

On Thursday, President Barack Obama spoke with Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle about the debt ceiling debate.

Unemployment Rate Rises To 9.2 Percent

The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.2 percent as only 18,000 jobs were created in the month of June, according to Labor Department figures.

House GOP Members Seek To Dilute Financial Overhaul Law

House Republicans have been working to water down President Barack Obama’s financial overhaul law through various bills. Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), vice chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called the financial overhaul law “a job creator’s nightmare.”

Dietitian Touts Disease-Fighting Benefits Of Red Produce

Summertime brings along with it a bevy of delicious fruits and vegetables like watermelon, tomatoes, strawberries and red peppers. Consumers should take advantage of the availability of such produce, since dietitian Donna Fields reports that they may help to stave off several illnesses. 

Republicans Criticize Obama For Transferring Terror Suspect

A number of Republican lawmakers are criticizing President Barack Obama’s Administration for bringing a Somali terror suspect to the United States.

Clinton Tells Obama He Should Accept ‘Mini Deal’, Lower Corporate Tax Rate

President Barack Obama has been criticized by many people for his handling of the debt-ceiling debate, but now he is being tweaked by a fellow Democrat: former President Bill Clinton.

Murdoch-Owned Tabloid To Close Down After Public Outcry Against Hacking Scandal

One of Britain’s oldest newspapers, the tabloid News of the World, will shut down after printing its Sunday issue, according to CNN. The tabloid’s parent company, News International, is owned by the massive Rupert Murdoch media conglomerate News Corp. News international Chairman James Murdoch, who is Rupert Murdoch’s son, said the tabloid had been “sullied” by a hacking scandal that has rocked the foundations of the newspaper industry.

Obama Hosts Twitter Town Hall, Answers Moderated Questions With Ease

President Barack Obama and Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s executive chairman, hosted the first-ever “Twitter Town Hall,” in which the President answered questions posed via 140-characters-or-less tweets. Users were asked to use the hashtag #AskObama for their tweets. “Neither the President or I know the questions that will be asked today. That decision is driven entirely by the Twitter users,” Dorsey said at the beginning of the session, which lasted about an hour.

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