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New Cain campaign vid calls scandal a ‘high-tech lynching’

A Super PAC behind Herman Cain has produced a new video claiming that Cain is the target of a racially-motivated smear campaign akin to a “high-tech lynching.” The video blasts the media for focusing on the allegations, and argues that “liberals,” unable to tackle Cain on the issues, resorted to…

Approval of Congress hits record low: poll

After months of partisan gridlock, more Americans of all political stripes disapprove of the US Congress than at any point in more than two decades, a poll found Wednesday. The Washington Post/ABC News poll found that just 14 percent of the US public approves of the job Congress is doing,…

Obama still highly popular in Europe: poll

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s ratings have plunged at home but he remains highly popular in Europe, with 75 percent in 12 EU nations approving his handling of global affairs, a poll said Wednesday. He is also much better liked than his predecessor George W. Bush, whose rating in…

Perry touts Texas jobs in Republican debate debut

Texas Governor Rick Perry made his closely-watched debut at a Republican debate, weeks after surging into the race as frontrunner to fight Barack Obama for the White House. Within minutes of taking the stage on Wednesday, Perry and former GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney came to blows over the central issue…

Obama poll ratings dive as job speech looms

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s poll numbers crashed to new lows ahead of his crucial speech Thursday aimed at tackling zero US job growth and reviving his own political fortunes. Opinion polls revealed a mood of deep pessimism in the American electorate, amid high unemployment and economic anxiety, and suggested…

Breakthrough: Majority of Americans back gay marriage

For the first time in history, a majority of Americans support gay marriage, according to a new poll. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that support for same-sex marriage has increased significantly in the last decade. Backing of gay marriage has grown to 53 percent, while 44 were opposed,…

House rejects call for Afghan withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a resolution calling for the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, a war that is facing growing public opposition. The proposal was defeated by a vote of 321-93, but it showed increased opposition compared with March 2010 when a…

Poll: Majority support tax hikes along with spending cuts to slash deficit

Buried in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll is an interesting revelation: A large majority of Americans believe tax hikes should accompany spending cuts to slash the federal deficit. Sixty-four percent of respondents said that deficit-cutting should comprise a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, while only 31 percent…

‘Be more careful’ with your words, Gingrich warns Palin

Newt Gingrich wants fellow Fox News employee Sarah Palin to think before she speaks. A Washington Post/ABC News poll (.pdf) showed that Palin’s approval had plummeted following her use of the term “blood libel” in the wake of shootings in Tucson, Arizona that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords…

White House claims rescue effort saved three million jobs

President Barack Obama’s White House will argue Wednesday that its policies have saved or created three million US jobs, as it battles to convince Americans the economic recovery remains on track. Vice President Joseph Biden and top adviser Christina Romer will make the case for Obama’s handling of the economy,…

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