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**FILE** Rep. Jim Matheson, Utah Democrat (Associated Press)

Democrat says he'll vote to hold Holder in contempt

Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson told his local newspapers Tuesday he'll vote to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress, breaking ranks with the rest of his party, which has generally closed lines around the embattled attorney general.

President Obama speaks on Monday, June 25, 2012, at Oyster River High School in Durham, N.H. (Associated Press)

Obama leads Romney in poll of three key states

President Obama leads presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the three battleground states of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, where voters approve of the president's new immigration policy and rate the candidates about even on handling the economy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Swimmers and a diver work to save sunken boats at Pass-a-Grille, Fla. Marina on June 26, 2012. High winds and heavy rains spawned by the approaching Tropical Storm Debby caused the damage. (Associated Press/Tampa Bay Times)

Obama to fly over region damaged by Debby

President Obama, on a two-day fundraising trip including stops in Georgia and Florida, will fly over the region being flooded by Tropical Storm Debby but probably won't see the devastation on the ground from his windows on Air Force One.

President Obama addresses supporters June 25, 2012, during a campaign fundraiser at Symphony Hall in Boston. (Associated Press)

Obama: I will be outspent

In a stunning admission, President Obama — who analysts had originally thought would be history's first $1 billion presidential candidate — told donors on Tuesday he will be outspent by Republicans in this year's election.

President Obama discusses the economy at the White House in Washington on Friday, June 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama ad tries to contain damage from economy remark

Showing concern over President Obama's recent gaffe that the private sector was "doing fine," the Obama campaign released a new ad Monday in nine battleground states reinforcing the president's belief that more needs to be done to improve the economy.

President Obama speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference on Friday, June 22, 2012, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Poll: Obama opens up wide lead among Hispanics

A new USA Today-Gallup poll shows that President Obama holds a big lead among Hispanic voters in his general election matchup against presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney — and that unemployment and economic growth, not immigration, remain the top issues for these voters.

**FILE** President Obama talks June 8, 2012, about the economy at the White House. (Associated Press)

Obama hits Romney for 'outsourcing' jobs overseas

President Obama on Friday accused Mitt Romney of overseeing businesses that sent jobs overseas when he ran Bain Capital — the private equity firm that helped build the credentials Mr. Romney said make him the right man to rebuild the U.S. economy.

** FILE ** In this December 2011 file photo, President Obama with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, walk from the White House to attend a Sunday service at St. John's Church, where every president since James Madison has worshipped. (Associated Press)

New Obama ad makes direct appeal to women

Pivoting away from negative messages about Mitt Romney's record in business and as Massachusetts governor, the Obama campaign Thursday released the first in a series of TV ads that will focus on the positive — his commitment to women and families.