Economy – The economy added 163 thousand jobs but the June jobs forecast was revised lower to 64 thousand jobs and the unemployment rate went up 8.3%. If that is not bad enough 155 thousand people stopped looking for work and the real unemployment rate is at 15%.
Illegal Immigration - The Obama administration released illegal immigrants who went on to commit more crimes, including charges of 19 murders, 3 attempted murders and 142 sex crimes, the House Judiciary Committee said in a report this past week. All told, the nearly 47,000 illegal immigrants the administration was notified of but declined to deport between 2008 and 2011 under its Secure Communities program had a recidivism rate of 16 percent, the committee said.
Chevyvoltville - Maybe it should be renamed "Chevrolet Volt-ville." The largest concentration of Chevrolet Volts in the country will play a key role in helping Austin, Texas residents in a 700-acre planned community as they test the impact of "smart homes" and other green technology, like electronic vehicles. The government is going to fund the project using millions of taxpayer dollars.
Negative Campaigns – Obama had this say about negative campaigns in 2007 “If I find out that somebody is doing that, they will be fired. And I have been absolutely crystal clear about this, and I have been clear about this for a very long time. That’s not what I believe in, that’s not who I am.”
Chick Fil-A – Following record breaking business days at many Chick-Fil-A fast food chains around the country the National Same Sex Kiss Day was held August 3rd at a Chick-fil-A near you! In other news, Adam Smith, who is reportedly an adjunct lecturer at the University of Arizona, made it a point to visit a local Chick Fil-A so he could milk the company for a free water while verbally assaulting a nice young woman working there. This episode was caught on video and cost Smith his job.
Solyndra – The former CEO of the defunct company called the Obama White House the “Bank of Washington” in an email.
Fast and Furious - Former Deputy Director of ATF William Hoover submitted his resignation after the House Oversight Committee released a scathing report this week about his role in and responsibility for Operation Fast and Furious.
Harry Reid – The Senate Majority Leader called Mitt Romney a felon on the senate floor with no evidence.
IRS - The Internal Revenue Service may have delivered more than $5 billion in refund checks to identity thieves who filed fraudulent tax returns for 2011, Treasury Department investigators said last week.
Defense - A nuclear bomb facility in Tennessee was temporarily shut down, after experiencing a security breach when 3 protesters broke through its surrounding fencing and reached a building storing highly enriched uranium. The protesters painted slogans onto the building before security personnel were able to intervene. According to security, the breach was, “the worst we’ve ever seen.”
Israel - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last week. The Israeli Prime Minister told Panetta that time is running out for the international community to step in and end Iran’s nuclear program peacefully.
Internet - The House voted unanimously to fight efforts to give the UN more control of the internet.
Education - A poorly performing Michigan public school district has turned over its 3 schools to a private, for-profit charter school company in hopes of improving academic quality for its students.