According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 60% of Americans do not believe that President Obama can effectively manage the country.
The poll also found that 53 percent of those polled said Obama is not honest or trustworthy, marking the first time that the CNN/ORC polling found a clear majority questioning the president’s integrity, CNN said.
The poll was conducted November 18-20 amid ongoing problems plaguing Obamacare.
HealthCare.gov, the administration’s web portal for offering private health coverage to uninsured Americans in 36 of the 50 U.S. states, has been at the center of a political firestorm over technical problems that overwhelmed its October 1 launch and have not yet been resolved.
In addition, insurance companies have canceled millions of policies because of the law, even though the president promised that people would be able to keep their policies if they were happy with their coverage.
The pollsters said the survey recorded the president’s worst scores during his five years in office.
56 percent of respondents said they do not admire Obama and he does not inspire confidence. 53 percent said they do not see him as a strong and decisive leader, according to CNN.
The latest Gallup poll, from November 11-17, put Obama’s overall job approval rating at 41 percent, down from 45 percent in September, before the launch of Healthcare.gov.
The president and the vice president have been personally appealing to members of Congress to back off on a new round of Iran sanctions.
Senator Bob Casey, who previously told Foreign Policy that he wouldn’t accept a presidential request to ease up on sanctions, wouldn’t say Fri. whether he still supports imposing new sanctions in Iran while negotiations are still in motion.
New Jersey: Chris Christie (R) will keep the governor’s seat.
Virginia: Narrow win for Terry McAuliffe (D).
New York City: Bill De Blasio (D) will be the first Democratic mayor of New York City since 1993.
Boston: Martin Walsh (D) will take the seat from incumbent Tom Menino, who did not run. Menino was Boston’s mayor for the last 20 years.
New Haven, Connecticut: State senator Toni Harp (D) becomes the first female mayor of New Haven, and only the second African-American to hold the office.
New Britain, Connecticut: 26-year-old Erin Stewart (R) defeats incumbent Tim O’Brien (D).
Back at the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, it was discovered that risky trading by banks and Wall Street execs caused the crash.
In 2010, a bill was passed called the Dodd-Frank Act, in hopes of preventing another crisis in the future. The bill included a provision that required banks to change the way they did derivative trading (which is what started the crisis to begin with) to reduce the risk of another government bailout.
Today, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 992, a bill that will roll back those exact regulations put in place three years ago to prevent another crisis.
The kicker is that the New York Times is reporting that lobbyists for Citigroup (one of the banks that created the mess in the first place) made recommendations to adjust the bill – and 70 of the 85 lines reflect those recommendations. Citigroup is essentially writing its own rules.
According to GovTrack.us, Connecticut’s own John Larson, James Himes and Elizabeth Esty voted in favor of this bill, as did 13 of New York’s representatives and seven of New Jersey’s.
A federal judge struck down key portions of a new Texas abortion bill, set to take effect today (29 October) as unconstitutional, says CNN. The abortion bill has been called one of the most restrictive in the United States.
Filed in U.S. District Court in Austin by Planed Parenthood on behalf of more than 12 women’s healthcare providers in Texas, the lawsuit claims that the new bill violates the constitutional rights of Texas women and puts unreasonable demands on doctors who perform abortions.
The suit specifically targets requirements that doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic and usage controls on the drug used to induce abortions.
The law prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy took effect Tuesday as scheduled.
The White House is under fire again for new revelations about the scope of the NSA’s surveillance programs. According to CNN, the latest documents allegedly leaked by Edward Snowden show that the NSA was not only monitoring U.S. phone calls and emails, but also those of foreign leaders – including some European allies. According to The Guardian, German chancellor Angela Merkel accused the US of tapping her phone on Wednesday.
The Guardian references a leaked NSA memo encouraging officials to turn over their personal “rolodexes” so the agency can add the phone numbers of top foreign officials to their surveillance system. It is said that one official turned over 200 names, including 35 world leaders.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney believes that Snowden’s leaks have hurt America’s ability to defend itself and calls him a traitor.
Shooting at Tennessee Guard office wounds 2 #cmm457
Two people were wounded in a shooting at a military installation north of Memphis, Tenn., on Thursday, a Navy spokesman said.
According to CNN, both of the wounded were taken to nearby hospitals. The accused shooter is in custody.
Mass Communications Spc. 1st Class William Jamieson said the shooting took place at a Tennessee National Guard office.
Millington is home to the Navy’s personnel and recruiting commands. The facility there was on lockdown after the shooting.