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President Obama came into office with high levels of support and approval on a key component of the 2008 election: his ability to handle the economy. Two and half years later, jobs and the economy are still identified as the top concerns for Americans, and that's a problem for Obama.

Given the sluggish growth in this area since he was sworn in, the key to Obama's 2008 victory is starting to become a liability. In a new Gallup poll, Obama registered just 26 percent approval on his handling of the economy, his lowest ever rating and down from a high of 59 percent in February of 2009.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has taken his executive authority a step too far, according to a state supreme court ruling this week.

When Scott took office in January, one of his first initiatives was issuing an executive order temporarily barring state agencies from creating new rules or regulations. It further created the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform within the governor's office to review any rules that stifle job creation or "impose burdensome costs on businesses."

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Missouri Lt. Gov Peter Kinder (R) has spoken out about the allegations that he long frequented a strip club and sort-of stalked a stripper who worked there, admitting that he used to go to the strip club in question but maintaining that it was years ago. "I came to realize that this is not consistent with my upbringing. I'm a Christian," he said.

Kinder also denied many of the allegations against him. "A single man is vulnerable to any fantastic charge,'' he told the St. Louis Beacon.

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Onetime Senate candidate and current memoir-hawker Christine O'Donnell taped an interview with Piers Morgan this afternoon. It didn't go as expected, though. After being asked about gay marriage by a "rude" Morgan (who shot back by describing her as "weird"), O'Donnell stormed off the CNN set mid-interview.

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By John Voelcker

General Motors has just confirmed what this site reported last week: The Cadillac Converj concept car from 2009, based on the running gear of the Chevrolet Volt electric car, will go into production.

Cadillac's electric sports coupe will be called the ELR, joining the current CTS mid-size sports sedan and the upcoming ATS compact sedan and XTS full-size sedan. The name, Cadillac says, indicates the car's electric propulsion technology.

GM had very few details other than that the ELR is under development, noting that "details on performance, price, and timing will be announced later."

Our sources tell us the car will launch during 2013, most likely as a 2014 model.

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Christine O'Donnell, the Delaware conservative activist who shockingly won the Republican nomination for Senate in 2010 -- and then lost what had looked like a safe seat by a double-digit margin -- walked out of taping an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan on Wednesday.

O'Donnell is currently promoting her book, Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again, mostly through appearances on friendly conservative media.

In this case, she apparently reacted badly to Morgan's questions about her views on sexuality. As the public learned in the 2010 campaign, she is a vociferous abstinence campaigner, and has even gone so far as to speak out vigorously against masturbation. Morgan apparently couldn't resist prodding her on this, nor could he resist raising her infamous anecdote about having once dabbled in witchcraft. The final straw, however, appears to have been a question about her opposition to gay marriage.

Early Wednesday evening, Morgan tweeted:

BREAKING: Christine O'Donnell just walked out of my interview for @PiersTonight in disgust at my 'rudeness'. Tune in at 9pm ET.

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On Wednesday, a U.S. judge dismissed a class action discrimination suit against Bloomberg LP because of insufficient evidence. The 2007 suit was brought against the privately-held, New York-based media and information services company by the Equal Opportunity Commission. The government agency alleged that between 2002 to 2007 female employees at Bloomberg were demoted and that their pay was cut after they became pregnant.

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If you've ever uploaded a video of your kid in a dance routine set to a tune, or created any other kind of online video with music in it, the chances are that it might have been zapped by "the authorities" at YouTube due to a an infringement claim fired off by a copyright owner.

Such a claim could come from any number of sources of copyright owners, but on Wednesday, YouTube settled with one group of them: 46,000 independent music publishers represented by the Harry Fox Agency.

That means that the chances of your uploaded video getting zapped just went down.

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