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Haley Barbour: Cain scandal has ‘smell of Clarence Thomas’

Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour played the race card on Sunday while defending Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain against sexual harassment charges. “I do think you have the smell here of [conservative Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas,” Barbour told NBC’s David Gregory. “Of where people thought he was clearly just…

Poll: U.S. split over ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement

Nearly as many Americans support the “Occupy Wall Street “movement as oppose it, but the ongoing demonstration is still more popular than the tea party, according to a new Pew Research/Washington Post poll. According to the survey of 1,009 adults, 39 percent of Americans support the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.…

Obama to propose $300 billion jobs package: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, facing waning confidence among Americans in his economic stewardship, plans to lay out a $300 billion job-creation package on Thursday, CNN reported, citing Democratic sources. The proposed new spending, to be announced by Obama in a nationally televised speech to Congress, would be offset…

Poll: 79 percent of Americans dissatisfied with U.S. political system

Poll after poll has found that Americans are extremely disillusioned with the federal government, regardless of their political affiliation, after the president signed an agreement over the federal debt ceiling and budget deficit. According to a Washington Post poll released on Wednesday, just 21 percent of Americans are satisfied with…

Poll: Majority support legalizing same sex marriage

A majority of Americans support legalizing same sex marriage, according to a new CNN poll released Tuesday — the latest example of an ongoing paradigm shift on the divisive issue. Fifty-one percent of American adults surveyed said the law ought to recognize “marriages between gay and lesbian couples” as valid.…

Exclusive: GOP’s Walter Jones says Republicans should push to end the Afghan war

WASHINGTON – After an emotional speech on the House floor Thursday, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) cast a vote to bring U.S. forces home from Afghanistan by the end of this year. The resolution, sponsored by Jones and Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Ron Paul (R-TX), failed 321-93, but they had…

Vote reflects diminishing Congressional support for Afghan war

WASHINGTON – Facing growing budget pressure and an increasingly skeptical public, Congress’s appetite to continue funding the war in Afghanistan appears to be diminishing. The House on Thursday voted 321-93 against withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2011 — although a similar measure was rejected last…

Poll: Support for Afghan war hits record low

As the war in Afghanistan approaches it’s eleventh year, nearly two-thirds of Americans are saying the conflict is not worth fighting, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. The survey (.pdf) found that a record 64 percent do not support the war. Only 31 percent thought the war was…

Tea party unpopularity at an all-time high: poll

Two months after they voted in droves to topple Democrats from the House and expand Republican voices in the Senate, the tea party movement’s disapproval ratings have reached a new high, according to a new ABC/Washington Post poll. Fifty-two percent of the US public had an unfavorable view of “the…

High marks for Obama’s handling of Arizona shooting

WASHINGTON — The vast majority of Americans approved of President Barack Obama’s handling of the Arizona shooting but were divided on the role political rhetoric played in the attack, a poll found Monday. The ABC News-Washington Post poll found that 78 percent approved of Obama’s call for a more civil…

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