President Obama greets diners in Los Angeles last month. He faces long odds in his quest for re-election. Among them: unemployment, eroding support among independent voters and approval ratings that are well below those of previous presidents who won a second term.
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Rajaa Sharafeddine, daughter of former Syrian Vice President Shibli al-Aisamy, says her father was kidnapped during a visit to Lebanon in May. The picture in the background is of her father.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is sworn in before testifying during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the controversial "Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking program on Tuesday.
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