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Chicago Teen Shot Just Hours After Obama’s Gun Violence Speech

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A Chicago teenager died just hours after President Barack Obama gave a speech about gun violence in the city.

18-year-old Janay McFarlane, who left behind a 3-month-old son, was shot in a North Chicago alley on Feb. 15.

Her younger sister, 14-year-old Destini Warren had been among the group of high school students who stood behind Obama when he spoke in Chicago.  Obama had cited that gun violence killed 443 people in the city last year, and used this as reason for why children need community wide support to help them believe they can improve their lives through education and hard work.

Two people have been called in for questioning by police, who are working to piece together the final moments of McFarlane.  Both people might have knoqleged about the homicide.

President Barack Obama Named Time’s Person of the Year

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President Barack Obama has been named Time’s Person of the Year again.

Obama, 51, was also honored in 2008, after he won the election and became the nation’s first African-American President.

The magazine says the President was chosen “[for] finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union.”

They also state that “He will take the oath on Jan. 20 as the first Democrat in more than 75 years to get a majority of the popular vote twice.  Only five other Presidents have done that in all of U.S. history.”

Other’s who were considered for the title included Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot and nearly killed by Taliban insurgents for defending women’s rights, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and Fabiola Gianotti, one of the lead researchers working on the discovering of the Higgs Boson.

Obama Wins Florida

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Florida has finally declared that President Barack Obama won the state after four days of counting votes.

As a result of Obama’s win over Mitt Romney, he gained the state’s 29 electoral votes, bringing the total to 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.  However, recardless of the outcome, Obama had already won re-election.

With almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, making a difference of around 74,000 votes.  This was over the margin which would have required an automatic recount, unless Romney had waived it.

The win ended up giving Obama victories in eight of the nine swing states.  He won Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, and Florida, only losing in North Carolina.

David Petraeus Resigns from CIA After Admitting to Affair

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David Petraeus resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency on Nov. 9

Petraeus cited infidelity as his reasoning for resigning.

“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgement by engaging in an extramarital affair.  Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.  This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation,” the general, 60, said in a message to staff.

Extramarital affairs are an issue of national security for the C.I.A. since it can open an official in a highly sensitive post to blackmail.

Petraeus became director of the agency in 2011, following 37 years in the Army.  Due to President Obama’s re-election on Nov. 6, he was expected to remain in his position.

“Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and [wife] Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work.  I wish them the very best at this difficult time,” the President said in a statement.

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National Polls Show Obama and Romney Basically Tied

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Polls show that just two days before the election, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney are virtually tied.

In a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll Obama has the support of 48% of likely voters, while Romney has 47%.  Just two weeks ago, the same poll showed the candidates each having 47% of the nations support.

In a separate poll, this one done by ABC News/Washington Post, that was released early on the morning of Nov. 4, it indicated both Obama and Romney had 48% of support.

The sampling errors in these polls is plus or minus 2.55 percentage points.

Jindal Critiques Obama, Calls Him “Most Liberal” President Since Carter

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal critiqued President Obama at the Chicago Conservative Political Action Conference on June 8.

Jindal, who could potentially be the running mate for Mitt Romney, stated in his speech that he believes the private sector is like a foreign country to Obama.

“I suspect that many in the Obama administration really don’t believe in private enterprise.  At best they see business as something to be endured so that it can provide tax money for government programs,” said Jindal.

Jindal’s speech was a response to Obama’s recent statement that the private sector is doing fine.  Also in the critique, he pointed out that since 23 million Americans are unemployed in the United States, the private sector obviously was not fine.

Jindal also said that Obama is “the most liberal, most incompetent president in the White House since Jimmy Carter,” and called him a coward for staying out of the Wisconsin recall election.  But Romney too was absent from the Wisconsin debacle.

Obama Slips, Republicans Quickly Latch on

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President Obama is currently under scrutiny for a comment he made regarding the economic situation during a White House news conference on Friday, June 8. In the meantime, Republicans have been exploiting the president’s rhetorical slip to their best advantage.

For months now, Democrats have been portraying affluent GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as “out of touch” in regards to the economic situation of the country. But on Friday, it was Obama who seemed to fit the description when he proclaimed, “The private sector is doing fine.”

In an unexpected reversal of blame, Romney asked about the president, “Is he really that out of touch?”

Shortly after, Obama, in damage control mode, stated that “it is absolutely clear the economy is not doing fine.” He further added, “There are too many people out of work. The housing market is still weak, too many homes underwater and that’s precisely why I asked Congress to start taking some steps that can make a difference.”

On the other hand, Obama’s campaign has often referred to the fact that Massachusetts was 47th in job creation during Romney’s term as governor. Democrats have even argued that, if elected, Romney would implement policies that would have recessionary effects on the country.

With Obama’s gaffe, however, Romney now argues that the president lacks profound understanding of the economic situation. This comes after immense criticism that Obama’s administration has been unsuccessful in resolving the economic situation of the country.

Romney Accepts Trump’s Support Despite Resurgence of ‘Birther’ Issue

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Now that Mitt Romney has officially secured the GOP nomination, many are questioning whether his association with the controversial Donald Trump may potentially hurt his chances in the upcoming presidential race.

Having endorsed Romney earlier this year, Trump collaborated with the GOP nominee for a fundraiser held yesterday at his International Hotel on the Strip. Amid such collective efforts, Trump has helped resurge the “birther issue” of Obama, as he continues to question whether the President was indeed born in the United States. In such light, some are saying this may serve to overshadow Romney’s campaign.

Specifically, even though Obama released his birth certificate a year ago, which confirms he was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii, Trump maintains that he is all but convinced that this is actually the case. Yesterday, Wolf Blitzer of the Situation Room clashed with the outspoken billionaire and told him his claims made him sound “a little ridiculous”.

Although Romney accepts the support he is receiving from the business tycoon, his senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom stated in an interview with CNN, “I can’t speak for Donald Trump, but I can tell you that Mitt Romney accepts that President Obama was born in the United States.” Romney’s camp further supports that “ a candidate can’t be responsible for everything their supporters say” and that there are more “important challenges facing our country” that are worth discussing.

Obama Announces Support for Same-Sex Marriage

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President Barack Obama has declared his support for same-sex marriage.

After several years of avoiding the question, Obama revealed his opinion in a hastily-arranged interview with ABC News.  He was slightly forced to publicly announce his support after remarks by Vice President Joe Biden were made over the weekend.

Obama said in the interview that he had always been a supporter of civil unions, but his position on marriage began to evolve due to the traditions and religious beliefs attached to the word marriage.

The president said that he was most persuaded to change his opinion due to lesbians and gay men who are serving in the military.

“At a certain point I just concluded, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama said.

His opinion is currently only a symbolic one, as he has stated he respects the decisions of the 30-states who currently have constitutional bans against gay marriage, including the recently added North Carolina, who just passed a law on this on May 8.

But, regardless of this, Obama is now the first president to publicly announce his support for same-sex marriage.

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