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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio speaks June 21, 2012, to reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. (Michael Bonfigli/Christian Science Monitor)

Rubio: Holder should resign

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said that it is time for Attorney General Eric Holder to go, joining a growing chorus of Republicans who are angered by Mr. Holder's continued refusal to turn over documents related to the department's botched "Fast and Furious" gun-running operation.

**FILE** Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (Associated Press)

RNC fundraising surpasses 2011

The Republican National Committee is a money-raising rock star this year. It has $60.8 million in cash on hand, raised $34.3 million in receipts this month and has generated contributions of $81.3 million so far in 2012, according to figures it reported to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.

** FILE ** NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (Associated Press)

NFL pledges player safety reforms, Sen. Durbin says

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday assured him the league was taking steps to project player safety and the league's integrity in the wake of an ongoing scandal involving player bounties.

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks June 14, 2012, during a campaign event at Seilkop Industries in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Associated Press)

Jobs report is mixed bag in battleground states

The latest state jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics represents a mixed bag for President Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in some of the key battleground states, as both men try to convince voters they're best equipped to strengthen the nation's economy.

President Obama speaks at a campaign event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

Poll: Obama leads Romney in Pa.

President Obama holds a six-point lead over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, built on advantages among women and independents, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

** FILE ** This March 29, 2012 photo shows U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson during a session organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Mumbai, India. Police are investigating two traffic collisions allegedly caused Bryson that left him injured, authorities said Monday June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade,File)

Bryson to take medical leave of absence

Commerce Secretary John Bryson has informed the White House that he is taking a medical leave of absence to undergo tests and evaluations after he had a seizure and was involved in two traffic accidents in California on Sunday.