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As a part of his campaign tour of the Midwest, President Barack Obama yesterday at a town hall meeting said his economic program had “reversed the recession” until unfortunate overseas events frustrated the change. "We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again," Obama told a crowd in Decorah, Iowa. "But over the last six months we've had a run of bad luck." Obama listed three events overseas that set the economy back: the Arab Spring uprisings, the tsunami in Japan and the European debt crises.—-

"All those things have been headwinds for our economy," Obama said. "Now, those are things that we can't completely control. The question is, how do we manage these challenging times and do the right things when it comes to those things that we can control?"

Michele Bachmann, while auditioning for — actually I’m going to leave this alone. I don’t want to piss off another public relations person. This is a picture of Michele Bachmann and it’s only kind of, sort of SFW.

A 25-year-old man has been at the top of a 300-foot radio tower in Tulsa, Okla., negotiating with the police for five days now. He today requested a Whataburger meal, Oreos and milk this morning but hasn’t had any food or water since Friday. Sturdivant, who said, “There’s no such thing as suicide,” has said he would like to come down eventually but he’s not ready because he’s “scared.”

"Honestly, if he was wanting to jump, I think it would have happened by now. But that doesn't mean it won't happen in the next five seconds," said senior negotiator Cole Butler.

According to documents released today by a Parliament committee investigating the News of the World, phone hacking was “widely discussed” in the office. The committee is set to call News Corp. executive James Murdoch to testify again, as these documents undermine both Rupert and James Murdoch’s previous testimony.

According to a new study, nice guys earn less.

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