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Overzealous Woman Grabs Obama in Scranton, Secret Service Swarms

John W. Adkisson/Getty Images(SCRANTON, Pa.) -- President Obama strolled into the Scranton High School gym Wednesday to a rock-star welcome, but one of the guests for his speech apparently couldn’t keep her enthusiasm under control.

As Obama worked the fence line shaking hands with a row of supporters, a woman frantically jumped up and down from behind, then lurched forward to grab Obama by the arm. She clasped his hand first, then grabbed his bicep and aggressively yanked him toward the crowd.

Secret Service agents swarmed to the president’s side, though no direct intervention was needed. Obama eventually loosened her grip and continued on stage, never losing his smile.

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VP Biden Blasts “Karl Rove and His Friends” for “Shady Sources” of Fundraising for Midterm Elections

Photo Courtesy - ABC News Radio(SCRANTON, Pa.) -- On Monday, Vice President Biden joined President Obama in blasting outside interest groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, for their “shady sources” of fundraising, which has resulted in the massive amounts of money they are spending for the midterm elections.

At a fundraiser for Rep. Chris Carney, D-Pa. in his boyhood hometown of Scranton, Biden criticized special interest groups for raising tens of millions of dollars from “shady sources – shady in the sense that we don’t know where the money is coming from.”

“For the first time in modern American history, they don't have to tell us,” he said, according to the pool report, referring to the Supreme Court decision that allows outside interest groups to solicit unlimited corporate money without having to publicly declare its donors.

Biden pinned the blame on the US Chamber of Commerce and “Karl Rove and his friends,” and said that the Republican strategist has a “stable of billionaires, literally, and millionaires,” pouring money into congressional campaigns.

The vice president challenged Rove and the Chamber to “tell us how much of the money they’re investing is from foreign sources.”

"I challenge them, if I'm wrong I will stand corrected,” he said. “But show me, show me. Folks
they're trying to buy this election to go back to exactly what they did before.”

Biden said that big corporations, from the insurance and oil industries, are “feeling threatened by what we're doing.”

 “Does it surprise you where this money is coming from?” he asked.

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