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  • ATF Director Kenneth Melson (AP/Pat Sullivan)The embattled head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms  and Explosives (ATF) claims in new testimony that he knew nothing about the much-criticized "Fast and Furious" operation that sold guns to small-time buyers in the hopes they would sell them to drug cartel members--and, so the theory went, place cartel leaders in the path of federal law enforcement. Agents intended to trace the guns using wiretaps and video surveillance to make bigger-name arrests up the cartel food chain.

    In December, two of the guns sold in the program were found near where Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot and killed, NPR reports. ATF-provided guns have also reportedly shown up at other crime scenes south of the border. Lawmakers began investigating Fast and Furious, and rumors flew that the ATF chief's head would roll.

    But acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson testified this week that he had no idea the operation was under way, and added that he was "sick to his stomach" when he reviewed f0r the first time hundreds of documents on the operation. Melson claimed he immediately demoted the agents who were responsible, and said the Department of Justice told ATF leadership not to answer any requests for information about Fast and Furious, effectively tying his hands.

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  • Carolyn Kaster/APPresident Obama is still declining to say whether he'll act unilaterally to raise the debt ceiling if Congress won't agree to do so.

    Obama was asked moments ago in a Townhall event run by Twitter: "Will you issue an executive order to raise the debt ceiling pursuant to section 4 of the 14th amendment?"

    Recently, some constitutional scholars have concluded that it would be unconstitutional for the United States not to pay its debts--something that likely would happen if the debt ceiling isn't raised before early next month. Republicans are currently demanding enormous spending cuts, while also rejecting any proposed tax increases, before they'll agree to raise the ceiling.

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  • Obama conducting Twitter Townhall

    President Obama is right now conducting a Twitter-sponsored Townhall event live from the White House.

    The president is answering questions from Twitter users, mostly focused on jobs and the economy. Watch now.


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  • Vettel tips Hamilton, Rosberg for 2015 success
    Vettel tips Hamilton, Rosberg for 2015 success

    Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are joint favourites for the Formula One world title as well as the season-opening Grand Prix in Melbourne, according to Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari are hoping to end years of mediocrity with Vettel and Finnish 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen, but the German believes Mercedes aces Hamilton and Rosberg are "the ones to beat". "It's 50-50 between them," Vettel told La Gazzetta dello Sport Thursday when asked who would be crowned world champion in 2015. Vettel joined Ferrari several months ago after five success-laden years with Red Bull, winning four consecutive titles from 2010 to 2013 as well as 38 Grand Prix.

  • Van Gaal 'very irritated' by Giggs rift talk
    Van Gaal 'very irritated' by Giggs rift talk

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on Thursday angrily rejected media speculation that there is a rift between him and assistant manager Ryan Giggs. Van Gaal reacted jubilantly to Ashley Young's late goal in United's 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park on Wednesday. In marked contrast, Giggs greeted the dramatic winner in subdued fashion and failed to react when van Gaal playfully jabbed the Welshman in the face as he celebrated. The 41-year-old former midfielder has been earmarked as a future manager at Old Trafford and potentially a successor to van Gaal in 2017.

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