New CNN Poll Says Majority of Americans Do Not Trust Pres. Obama #cmm457

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.

Advertisements

White House Applies Presidential Pressure On Iran Skeptics #cmm457

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.

Election 2013 #cmm457

GOVERNOR’S RACES:

New Jersey: Chris Christie (R) will keep the governor’s seat.

Virginia: Narrow win for Terry McAuliffe (D).

MAYORAL RACES:

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).

H.R. 992 Passes #cmm457

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.