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Chad’s Morning Brief: White House Responds Over Fast & Furious, Obama Warns on Healthcare, & More

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of June 27, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.

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1. Issa vs. Obama/Holder (link)

The White House punched back at Republican Rep. Darrell Issa after Issa wrote a letter to the President saying that Obama invoked executive privilege on the Fast & Furious documents because the White House and high-level officials in the White House perhaps were involved.  A White House spokesman responded by saying:

“The congressman’s analysis has as much merit as his absurd contention that Operation Fast and Furious was created in order to promote gun control. Our position is consistent with executive branch legal precedent for the past three decades,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. “The courts have routinely … affirmed the right of the executive branch to invoke the privilege even when White House documents are not involved.”

Personally, I think Issa is onto something here. Why wouldn’t Obama throw Holder under the bus? Seems like the White House is covering something up.

2. Obama Warns on Healthcare (link)

Get ready for a fight after the Supreme Court rules tomorrow on Obamacare. The President is already warning people.

Barack Obama suggested that any decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn his landmark healthcare law would send the country “backwards” and that Americans did not want to “re-fight” the battle over healthcare.

It was the first sign that beyond the White House’s staunch defence of the Affordable Care Act Mr Obama is prepared to use the law as a rallying cry on the campaign trail. It is a risky strategy: about half the country remains opposed to the legislation, although most voters like the consumer protections that are guaranteed under the law.

Thoughts?

3. Consumer Confidence Dropping (link)

Consumer confidence is plunging which isn’t a huge shock.

Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index was -26 for the week ending June 24, down slightly from -24 the week before. Americans’ confidence has now receded for four straight weeks, and is at the lowest point since late January.

U.S. economic confidence last week was hardest hit June 19-21, when it fell to -28, but it bounced back to -25 over the weekend. The midweek slide may have resulted from the anticipated Moody’s downgrade of several major banks and one of the worst trading days of the year on Thursday. However, the market rallied back on Friday, which may have led to the weekend improvement in confidence.

Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index consists of two measures — one assessing current economic conditions and the other assessing the nation’s economic outlook. Americans’ perceptions of current economic conditions worsened to -31, down four from the previous week, with 44% saying the economy is poor and 13% saying it is excellent or good. Attitudes about the economic outlook were down marginally last week, at -21.

It’s not just Gallup according to the article. Rasmussen is seeing the same trend in consumer confidence. Bad jobs numbers, bad economy, and weak confidence. Obama’s re-election chances shouldn’t be as good as they are.

4. UFO’s and Americans (link)

A new study shows that 80 million Americans believe that UFO’s exist. One in ten believe they have seen one in person. Only 17% of Americans don’t believe in UFO’s while 36% do. 48% aren’t real sure whether UFO’s really exist.

About 79% of those surveyed think the government has kept information about UFOs a secret from the public, and 55% believe there are real-life Men in Black-style agents who threaten people who spot UFOs.

So what if they stopped by? The survey shows:

•22% would try to befriend the alien, 15% would run away, 13% would lock their doors, and only 2% would try to inflict bodily harm.

•If angry aliens did attack Earth, 21% would call the Hulk in to deal with it, 12% would call Batman, and 8% would call Spider-Man.

•Nearly 65% think Barack Obama would be better suited than Mitt Romney to handle an alien invasion.

Do you believe in UFO’s or Aliens?

5. Dumb Story of the Morning (link)

Again, you can’t sell your baby on the internet. That isn’t how “adoption” works.

A Dallas woman who allegedly tried to sell her 4-month-old son on a website insists she was not trying to do anything illegal.

“I know a lot of people have their own opinions. But if they knew me as a person they would know I would never, never, never, ever sell my child,” Brittany Hill told MyFoxDFW.com in an interview from jail.

The 26-year-old said that when she lost her job at a marketing company, she became unable to provide for her child financially and turned to Penny Saver USA.

Hill told MyFoxDFW.com she used the same website in 2009 to put another son up for adoption.

A woman in Florida agreed to pay $6,500 for Hill’s son, but eventually became suspicious when she learned that no attorneys were necessary for the process, the station reports.

Hill also was brought to the attention of police when her apartment manager went to Hill’s home to collect rent and found the child alone, the station reports.

The FBI is currently investigating Hill’s online ad, in which she claimed to be living in a women’s shelter, despite residing in an apartment. She remains jailed for child abandonment.

Hill has had a total of four children, including the 4-month-old and the son she gave away in 2009, MyFoxDFW.com reports. Her parents have legally adopted her two sons, ages 7 and 8.

Other Top Stories:

Texas A&M Gets a Law School

70% Teens Hide Online Behavior

Black Conservatives Go After Holder

Zimmerman Passed Lie Detector Test

NRA Pressure Could Make Some Dems Vote Against Holder

These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App. All guest interviews can be heard online in our podcast section after the show at kfyo.com.

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