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Published: 03/22/11

Half of Americans Approve of Obama's Handling of Libya

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Half of Americans Approve of Obama's Handling of Libya

President Obama's handling of Libya gets the approval of half of Americans who have an opinion on it (and about one-fifth do not), despite criticism from right, left and abroad, according to a CBS News poll conducted March 18-21. (Poll data here.) Critics say the administration waited too long to act or, once it did, took military action whose goals were not as defined as Obama had said they would be. Fifty percent said they approved of Obama's handling of the situation, 29 percent disapproved, while 21 percent expressed no opinion. Obama does better when it comes to ratings on his performan...

Published: 03/22/11

Supreme Court Takes Death Row Appeal, Turns Down Campaign Finance Challenge

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Supreme Court Takes Death Row Appeal, Turns Down Campaign Finance Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a bid to further weaken campaign finance laws, but said it would consider the case of an Alabama death row inmate whose previous appeals were rejected due to a missed filing deadline for paperwork. Corey R. Maples, convicted in 1997 of killing two men after a night of boozing and drug use, argued that he had endured negligent legal representation from the outset, including two court-appointed attorneys who cautioned a jury it might appear they were "stumbling around in the dark." During the appeals process, Maples got burned by two New York lawye...

Published: 03/22/11

Dick Cheney to Be Subject of HBO Miniseries

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Dick Cheney to Be Subject of HBO Miniseries

Dick Cheney's been out of government for more than two years, but his political afterlife shows no signs of ending: HBO plans a miniseries on the famously abrasive former vice president. CNN reports that the project will be based on the "Frontline" documentary about Cheney, "The Dark Side," along with the Barton Gellman book, "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency." No word from HBO on when the series will air or who will star, but it is expected to follow the former Wyoming congressman and defense secretary from his early years in the Nixon administration to his time as George W. Bush's opinio...

Published: 03/21/11

Libya Releases New York Times Journalists

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Libya Releases New York Times Journalists

The Libyan government on Monday released four New York Times journalists six days after their capture by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, the New York Times is reporting. The four were released to the custody of Turkish diplomats and crossed safely into Tunisia in the late afternoon, the Times reported on its website. The journalists include Anthony Shadid, the Times' Beirut bureau chief; two photographers, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, who have extensive experience in war zones; and a reporter and videographer, Stephen Farrell, who in 2009 was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan ...

Published: 03/21/11

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

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Democrats, Republicans, Independents Differ on Issues That Worry Them Most

The top five issues that Americans worry about the most would not surprise anyone -- the economy, federal spending and the deficit, availability and affordability of health care, unemployment and the Social Security system. But one polling snapshot zeroes in on the difference in emphasis that Republicans, Democrats and independents regard as the top issues. For the overall population, 71 percent say they worry a great deal about the economy, 64 percent name federal spending and the deficit, 58 percent are concerned about health care, 57 percent fret about unemployment and 51 percent mention S...

Published: 03/21/11

Nancy Pelosi Released From Rome Hospital

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Nancy Pelosi Released From Rome Hospital

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fell ill Monday in Rome and was briefly hospitalized, Italian news agencies report. According to NBC News, she was released after undergoing tests, which proved negative. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), part of a group traveling with Pelosi, told NBC: "She's at the hotel now. She's fine, she's in good shape. Just a few tests to make sure she was all right." The California Democrat is visiting her ancestral homeland to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Italian nation. According to Agence France-Presse, she was scheduled to meet Monday with Defense Minister...

Published: 03/21/11

Obama's 'March Madness' Prescience: President Lights It Up With His Picks

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Obama's 'March Madness' Prescience: President Lights It Up With His Picks

Barack Obama has always been a high achiever, and he's living up to that standard with his "March Madness" picks. After the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the president ranks in the 99th percentile, according to ESPN.com. Alas, that's down a notch from his standing after the second round ended Friday: He was in the 100th percentile then, tied for 492nd out of 5,923,829 submitted brackets to ESPN. According to the Hill, Obama also leads a tournament pool featuring members of Congress. Based on a point-tallying system designed by Yahoo.com, the president's score of 49 (out of a pos...

Published: 03/20/11

Video: Obama Denounces Repression in Iran

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Video: Obama Denounces Repression in Iran

Today, I want to extend my best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz in the United States and around the world. Each year of my presidency, I have marked this holiday by speaking directly to the people of Iran. That is what I would like to do once more. This is a holiday for the Iranian people to spend time with friends and family; to reflect on the extraordinary blessings that you enjoy; and to look forward to the promise of a new day. After all, this is a season of hope and renewal. And today, we know that this is also a season of promise across the Middle East and North Africa, even a...

Published: 03/20/11

Text of Hillary Clinton's Remarks on Nowruz

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Text of Hillary Clinton's Remarks on Nowruz

Following are Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's remarks on Nowruz, the Iranian new year: I join President Obama in sending best wishes for health and prosperity to all those celebrating Nowruz throughout the world, including Americans, Afghans, Kurds, Azeris, Iranians and the people of Central Asia. For thousands of years, Nowruz has been a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate the beginning of a new year. Among the many rich traditions of celebrating Nowruz, the themes of rebirth and the pursuit of happiness are constant and aspirations we all share. As the Iranian po...

Published: 03/19/11

Warren Christopher, Former Secretary of State, Democratic Wise Man, Dead at 85

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Warren Christopher, Former Secretary of State, Democratic Wise Man, Dead at 85

Former Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher, who served as secretary of state in the Clinton administration during the bloody ethnic conflicts in the Balkans, died Friday from complications of kidney and bladder cancer. He was 85. After four years as the nation's top diplomat, Christopher stepped down to serve as a senior adviser to Al Gore's 2000 White House campaign, leading the vice president's legal team during the disputed post-election recount in Florida. President Obama, in a statement Saturday, called Christopher a "skilled diplomat, a steadfast public servant and a faithful Amer...

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