(CNN) - Winning a third term may not be an easy feat for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a new poll out Friday suggests.
The two-term mayor is facing his lowest approval rating in four years, according to a new survey from Marist College, having dropped 7 percentage points from a similar survey three months ago. Now, 52 percent of New Yorkers approve of Bloomberg's job performance, down a full 16 points from October.
A plurality of voters, 49 percent, also say New York City is moving in the wrong direction, and 55 percent think it's time for a new mayor.
Still, it's not all bad news for Bloomberg. The Independent mayor easily beats any possible Democratic candidates, including New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, City Comptroller Bill Thompson, and City Council Member Tony Avella.
The poll surveyed 827 registered voters in New York City on February 16 and 17. It carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
(CNN) - Illinois Rep. Phil Hare, a Democrat, has had enough of the negative press coverage of his state, and says it's time Sen. Roland Burris resign his seat.
In an interview with CNN, the Democratic congressman flatly said he does not believe Burris' claims of doing nothing improper to gain the appointment of President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.
"I think Roland actively wanted this job," Hare said on CNN's American Morning. "I think he went out and tried to do everything he could to get the job but most importantly, he was under oath, and three times before this impeachment panel he was asked and he denied all three times that he had any contact, never raised any money.
"He may not have given the governor a single dime, but it wasn't because he didn't try," Hare also said.
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SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday North Korea is "badly miscalculating" if it thinks its diplomatic bluster and maneuvering can "drive a wedge" between the United States and South Korea.
"Our alliance is stronger than ever," Clinton told CNN's Jill Dougherty in an interview. "And it's not only about our mutual security, but it's also about how we're going to deal with the global economy and so much else."
North Korea's nuclear program has been the pressing crisis in the region, and Clinton's visit to Asia comes at a time of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.
There have been unconfirmed indications that North Korea was gearing up for a launch of a long-range missile. And, North Korea also said on Thursday it was ready for an "all-out confrontation" with South Korea, which it accused of kicking up a war hysteria.
(CNN) - The Republican Party needs to change - at least when it comes to its use of technology, Meghan McCain says.
In a column on the Daily Beast Web site, the daughter of Sen. John McCain says the GOP is likely to continue its decline in power unless members vastly improve their tech fluency.
"This has been a source of personal frustration for me for a very long time," said McCain of the party's seeming disconnect with technology. "Unless the GOP evolves as the party that can successfully utilize the Web, we'll continue to lose influence"
McCain, who authored a popular blog on her father's Web site while he was running for president, also recounts early pushback from Republican strategists when she first sought to establish the Web site.
"Many of the established Republican strategists told me that young people would not visit my web site," she wrote. "I used to categorize many of the advisors in my father's campaign into one of two groups: those that 'respected' the Internet and those who didn't. It was a running line between me and my friends who worked on my site."
McCain also suggested the party's lack of online savvy greatly contributed to her father's defeat last November.
"The Obama administration understands that my generation spends most of its day on a laptop or a BlackBerry, and that using the Web is easy way to communicate their ideas to their constituents," she said. "Until the Republican Party joins the twenty-first century and learns how to use the Internet, its members will keep getting older and the youth of America will just keep logging on to the other side."
Several Republicans appear to have gotten the message. According to TweetCongress.org, more Republicans are now on the popular social networking site Twitter than are Democrats. And the recent election for the Republican Party Chairman heavily revolved around who was best positioned to modernize the party's use of technology.
BEIJING, China (CNN) - When Hillary Clinton visits Beijing this week, her Chinese hosts will closely watch her body language and parse her every word. Her first trip here as the U.S. secretary of state comes in the shadow of the global financial crisis, the pressing North Korea nuclear issue and a warming planet.
The U.S. Congress has passed a massive stimulus bill that will plunge America even deeper into debt. Will China help out?
About $700 billion of China's $1.9 trillion of foreign reserves are in U.S. Treasuries. If China sold those assets, U.S. interest rates would spike and would further decimate China's export industries. Such a scenario would be distasteful for both Washington and Beijing, and that's why it's critical that Clinton convince the Chinese to hold this arrangement together.
Why should China buy even more?
"There's some protectionist language in the stimulus package," said James McGregor, who runs JL Mcgregor & Company, a business consulting company in Beijing. "During the campaign, Hillary called on the president (George W. Bush) not to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. China doesn't know what to think of them. She's got to come here to build trust." The stakes are high for America.
NEW YORK (CNN) - A day after publishing a cartoon that drew fire from critics who said it evoked historically racist images, the New York Post apologized in a statement on its Web site - even as it defended its action and blasted some detractors.
Many of those critical of the cartoon said it appeared to compare President Barack Obama to a chimpanzee in a commentary on his recently approved economic stimulus package.
"Wednesday's Page Six cartoon - caricaturing Monday's police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut - has created considerable controversy," the paper said about the drawing, which shows two police officers standing over the body of a chimpanzee they just shot.
The drawing is a reference to the mauling of a woman by a pet chimpanzee, which was then killed by police. In the cartoon, one of the officers tells the other, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."
The Post said the cartoon was meant to mock what it called an "ineptly written" stimulus bill.
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CNN: New York Post apologizes for, yet still defends, chimp cartoon
A day after publishing a cartoon that drew fire from critics who said it evoked historically racist images, the New York Post apologized in a statement on its Web site - even as it defended its action and blasted some detractors.
CNN: Roy Blunt's announcement sets up showdown in Missouri
Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt Thursday announced his intention to run for a seat in the U.S. Senate, a move that sets up what is likely to be a showdown between two prominent families in one of the country's most politically divided states.
CNN: Clyburn: Stimulus opponents are insulting African-Americans
Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina said Thursday that GOP governors who oppose the stimulus bill are giving African-Americans “a slap in the face.”