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Democrats, Republicans, Independents Differ on Issues That Worry Them Most

-Bruce Drake

Republicans say federal spending is their top worry; Democrats name health care; and independents say the overall economy is their top concern.

Economic Issues Underpin Obama's Trip to Brazil, Chile, El Salvador

-Politics Daily Staff

The president said "turmoil and tragedy around the globe" can affect America's prosperity and underscore the importance of maintaining close economic relations with neighboring countries.

Republicans Losing Their Advantage on How to Handle the Deficit, Poll Finds

-Bruce Drake

A new poll echoes what a Washington Post/ABC News poll reported a day earlier: President Obama doesn't get good marks for his handling of issues involving the economy, but faith in Republicans doing a better job has slipped.

New Irish PM in Washington for St. Paddy's, but Facing Money Crunch on Auld Sod

-Politics Daily Staff

Prime Minister Enda Kenny will celebrate the saint's day at the White House, but he also came to Washington to rebuild his nation's tarnished economic reputation.

Poll Shows Faith in Government Plummets; Warning Signs for Republicans Emerge

-Bruce Drake

In a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, only 26 percent of Americans say they’re optimistic about 'our system of government and how well it works.'

Can the Girl Scouts Help Balance Georgia's Budget?

-Joanne Bamberger

A bill in the Georgia legislature would reduce taxes on corporations to generate jobs but make up for the lost revenue in part by taxing nonprofit fundraising efforts, like Girl Scout cookie sales.

Sarah Palin's Popularity Slips to 60 Percent Disapproval Rate in Poll

-Tom Diemer

The Bloomberg survey found 60 percent viewed Palin unfavorably -- numbers that suggest she faces a challenge attracting voters beyond her conservative base if she decides to run for president.

Obama on Oil: Tapping Strategic Reserves Possible, But It's a Last Resort

-Alex Wagner

"We've been having this conversation for nearly four decades now." Vowing not to hand reform off to the next administration, Obama said, "I think the American people are tired of that. They're tired of talk."

Wisconsin Fight: Bill Limiting Unions Passes in Messy Process

-Tom Diemer

Events in Wisconsin demonstrated that elections have consequences -- and that state government can touch people's lives in a more direct and personal way than the federal government in Washington.

Biden in Russia: Pegs More U.S. Trade to Corruption Cleanup

-Tom Diemer

Biden told students at Moscow State University, 'Don't compromise on the basic elements of democracy.'

Rival Budget Bills Fail in Senate, Shutdown Countdown Begins

-Patricia Murphy

The impasse means that lawmakers will continue negotiations ahead of a March 18 deadline. That's when the current short-term spending measure expires and the government could shutdown without a new agreement.

Unemployed? Retrain!

-Robert and Donna Trussell

Those old jobs aren't coming back, you know. Time to get off your duff.

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