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White House Says Obama Fundraising Ad No ‘Big Deal’

On Monday, President Barack Obama’s campaign team emailed a short video to supporters and donors. The video was reportedly filmed in the White House by a crew from the Democratic National Committee. “This may, or may not, constitute fundraising by a federal employee in a federal office building, a practice that is generally prohibited,” reported Real Clear Politics.

Blagojevich Guilty On 17 Counts Of Public Corruption

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty Monday on 17 of 20 counts of public corruption associated with attempting to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat. “He was found guilty of all 10 counts involving wire fraud — each of which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The other 10 involved extortion and bribery. Most of the counts have a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison,” CNN.com reported.

New Poll Shows Republicans Favoring Bachmann More

A new Associated Press-GfK poll has found that some Republicans are starting to favor a Presidential candidate other than former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The findings show Representative Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) favorability rating increasing to 54 percent from 41 percent among Republicans.

Stress Hormone Promotes Preference For High-Calorie Food

Previous research has shown that when people feel pressures at work or experience other life stressors, they have a tendency to snack more, and the foods they choose are often high in fat and calories. Researchers have recently uncovered one of the mechanisms behind this response to stress.

UN Encourages Developing Countries To Go Back To Basics In Farming

While practices developed in the 1960s to reduce famine were effective in producing the mass quantities of food needed to alleviate hunger, the use of agrochemicals and modern management techniques in large-scale farms has resulted in infertile farm land and pollution.

Bachmann Formally Announces Presidential Bid

Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) formally announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for the 2012 Presidential election. Bachmann made the announcement in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, and stressed her connection to the Hawkeye State, which hosts the nation’s first caucus.

Republican Leaders Exit White House Budget Talks

On Thursday, the bipartisan budget talks led by Vice President Joe Biden were effectively sidelined when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) announced they were pulling out.

Mexican Troops Cross U.S. Border

Mexican troops in three trucks crossed the U.S. border on Thursday in what is a violation of international law. The incursion, which occurred at International Bridge Two at Laredo, Texas, was reported by KGNS-TV. A photo on the station’s website shows gun-wielding soldiers riding in the back of three military pickups.

NASA Climate-Change Scientist Accused Of Ethics/Financial Disclosure Violations

A NASA climate-change scientist has been accused of privately profiting from his taxpayer-funded position. James Hanson, the scientist in question, once claimed the Administration of President George W. Bush tried to “silence” his global warming claims.

FBI Raid Seizes Servers, Brings Down Websites

Early Tuesday morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a raid on a Web hosting facility used by DigitalOne, seizing several servers and bringing down websites in the process. DigitalOne’s chief executive, Sergej Ostroumow, sent an email to a client that read: “This problem is caused by the F.B.I., not our company.”

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