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Obama agenda: Out West

“Across America, despite the hundreds protesting for limited government or more government action, a broad swath of the middle class hit hard by the crash in housing prices is quietly resigned, given up on seeing any relief -- particularly from politicians,” the AP reports.

“Some glitz, some glamor and plenty of campaign cash. President Barack Obama is hitting a reliable fundraising trail in California, tapping star donors and trading quips with Jay Leno in what is for him a well-worn path,” AP writes.

The New York Daily News notes that Obama’s trip, though, politically is all about Hispanics.

“President Obama did an end-run around Congress on a trip to Las Vegas yesterday, launching an expanded program to help down-on-their-luck homeowners refinance their loans -- while hitting the jackpot for his campaign at a fund-raiser at the Bellagio Hotel,” the New York Post adds. 

“President Obama's approval rating in Gallup's popularity tracker went up 6 points in the past week - to 44%,” The New York Daily News notes. “Obama's poll numbers jumped in the wake of the Thursday slaying of Libyan strongman Moammar Khadafy.” It’s worth pointing out Obama’s approval rating in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has been 44% for the past two months.

“Joe Biden’s office has complained to the Senate press gallery about a confrontation the vice president had with a conservative journalist last week on Capitol Hill,” The Hill reports. “Biden aides asked whether Senate rules were broken in the wake of the contentious exchange between the vice president and the reporter.”

“President Obama’s reelection campaign has hired a former lobbyist to serve as a senior adviser to the 2012 team,” The Hill reports. “The Obama campaign announced Monday the hiring of Broderick Johnson, a veteran of the Clinton White House and Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) 2004 presidential campaign.”