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The residents of Xenia, Ohio took the streets today with a petition to stop Ohio’s union bill which was signed into law by Govenor John Kasich last Thursday. The petition will need more than 230,000 signatures by June 30 in order to get a referendum for Senate Bill 5 on the ballot in November.—-

President Barack Obama today announced via spam mail his intention to run for reelection in 2012. “We've always known that lasting change wouldn't come quickly or easily. It never does," the incumbent president said in an e-mail to more than 13 million people. Obama’s announcement comes just as the United States goes to war with Libya and the White House enters a showdown with Congress. But the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.8 percent, which is a sign that that lasting change is on its way.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is tipped to run against Obama in 2012, last Thursday joined up with a couple hundred Tea Party Patriots as they rallied on Capitol Hill. An onlooker snapped a photo of Bachmann posing for a picture with the Partiers next to a sign that implies that Obama is both from Kenya and an idiot.

Senator Rand Paul last Wednesday mocked former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich as well as Fox News at the Congressional Correspondent’s Dinner. Paul quipped that Gingrich “may have more war positions than he’s had wives.” After getting no giggles Paul asked what Fox News enjoys more: bombing the Middle East or bashing the President.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York) had people rolling at the dinner, during which he said “tens of people” were watching. Weiner mocked Rand Paul’s aqua-Buddhagate, Michele Bachmann’s intention to run for president, made dick jokes about John Boehner and called Chicago’s new Mayor Rahm Emanuel “a loud Jew with nine and a half fingers.”

More than 600 of Southwest Airline’s flights have been canceled since Friday’s emergency landing in Yuma, Ariz., after a section of Flight 812's fuselage ripped open which provided passengers with an open-air skylight for the duration of the flight. Investigators have cleared 19 of Southwest’s 79 Boeing 737-300 jets to return to service but three more planes have fatigue cracks similar to the one that caused flight 812 to make its emergency landing.

The Reds went 3-0 for the first time since 2005 after sweeping the Brewers on Sunday. Ryan Hannigan’s first career multi-homer game was just one of the high points as the Reds won 12-3 to round out the series. The Reds had 19 hits, matching their season high from last year.

Charlie Sheen’s “Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option” tour bombed in Detroit on Saturday during its first night. Spectators at Fox Theatre chanted “refund” before marching to the exits. Sheen lost the crown in between saying Detroit would be a good place to tell jokes about crack cocaine and a viewing of a movie Sheen directed starring a young Johnny Depp. Sheen’s reply to the raucous booing was, “I've already got your money, dude."

Losing.

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