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Political Checklist: Job #1 for Obama Still Economy

BY Quinn Bowman  June 7, 2011 at 4:18 PM EDT

In this edition of the Political Checklist, the NewsHour politics team looks at what new polls may mean for President Obama as many Americans say they are upset with the direction of the country and how Mr. Obama has handled the economy.

With home prices down, gas prices up and a slight uptick in an already-high unemployment rate, there is plenty to fret about.

David, Gwen and Judy discuss what, if anything, Mr. Obama can do to convince the public that he has a plan to deal with the lingering effects of the Great Recession. One answer: He might not be able to message his way out of the bad statistics.

They wrap up with a closer look at the media’s handling of the Rep. Anthony Weiner Twitter story.