(CNN) - Three-quarters of American women between the ages of 35 and 75 disagree with the relaxed medical recommendations for mammograms announced by a government panel last week, according to a new Gallup/USA Today poll.
The survey released Tuesday finds 47 percent of women "strongly disagree" and another 29 percent "disagree" with the recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force last week that women in their 40s should no longer get routine breast cancer exams, and that the interval for women getting a mammogram in their 50s should be every two years, rather than every year.
Only 22 percent of those surveyed expressed support for the proposals.
In what could be bad news for the White House and congressional Democrats as they attempt to calm fears an overhaul of the nation's health care system would result in rationing, 76 percent of those polled believe the panel's recommendations were motivated by cost savings rather than an actual assessment of the true risks involved.
The White House has distanced itself from the panel's recommendation amid the uproar it sparked last week.
The report "shouldn't be dismissed," Sebelius said told CNN last week." But, she added, "There are other groups who have disagreed with this information." The task force is "making recommendations, not coverage decisions, not payment decisions."
The poll surveyed 1,136 women, aged 35-75, between November 20-22 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Washington (CNN) – America's president and India's prime minister agreed Tuesday to team up and tackle a checklist of economic, research, nuclear, security, and environmental challenges.
In what is the first state visit of his presidency, President Barack Obama welcomed India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the White House Tuesday morning.
Obama and Singh had what they called a productive sit-down meeting and then briefed reporters with comments that reiterated what both nations believe will be a strong relationship in the years to come.
Calling India "the world's largest multiethnic democracy " with a fast growing economy, Obama said, "I believe that the relationship between the United States and India will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century" and will reflect the "strategic dialogue" between the countries.
Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin has signed 20,000 copies of "Going Rogue" during her nationwide book tour, a staffer traveling with the former Alaska governor estimates.
Palin will have visited 13 cities and traveled 4,000 miles by the end of Tuesday, with 80 percent of that travel done aboard the "Going Rogue" bus, according to Jason Recher, an adviser to Palin during her vice presidential bid now assisting with book tour logistics. Recher ticked through the statistics while riding the bus to Palin's stop at The Villages retirement community in central Florida.
He said Palin has sold 700,000 copies of her memoir so far.
"She is truly enjoying it," Recher told CNN. "I think she'd rather spend her time talking to folks like this rather than going to to fundraisers or talking to donors. She'd rather be signing books and meeting people than being a politician."
(CNN) - Veteran Republican strategist Mike Murphy is joining ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman's campaign for California governor.
Murphy, who most recently advised former Republican presidential contenders John McCain and Mitt Romney, will serve as a senior advisor to Whitman's campaign, according to an announcement Tuesday.
Murphy is no stranger to California politics, having served as a campaign adviser to current-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Washington (CNN) - In the battle for Congress, 41 is the crucial number. That's the number of seats the Republicans need to win back from the Democrats in next year's midterm elections to take control of the House of Representatives.
Next November, all 435 seats in the House, where Democrats hold an 258-177 advantage, are up for grabs. After winning back Congress in the 2006 contests and increasing their majorities in the 2008 elections, the Democrats will be playing defense next year. Making matters tougher for the Democrats, the country's political landscape has changed this year, mostly to the benefit of Republicans. But will it be enough to get them to 41?
"President Barack Obama's standing has weakened, Democrats are on the defensive on the economy, spending and health care, and key midterm voting groups, including seniors and Independents, are moving away from the Democrats and toward the GOP," says Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report.
Of the 39 House Democrats who earlier this month voted against their party's health care reform bill, 31 come from districts that Sen. John McCain won in last year's presidential election. Of the remaining eight, six come from districts in which Obama won less than 55 percent of the vote.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama is expected to announce his Afghanistan strategy "early next week," senior Pentagon officials told CNN Tuesday.
The officials would not speak on the record because there has not been an official announcement.
Several media reports have said the announcement will be on Tuesday, December 1.
The officials said that after the announcement, the current thinking is that Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen will testify to the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees for both the House and Senate.
It is expected that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, will also testify on the Hill after the principals do, the officials said.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin may not be running for office, but she's heading back to a former campaign stop: On Tuesday, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee's book tour brings her back to the Villages, a large adult retirement community in central Florida that was the site of her first campaign appearance in the state last year.
On September 21, 2008, John McCain's running mate addressed a massive crowd as she visited the must-stop location for any candidate campaigning in the key battleground state.
The former Alaska governor and potential 2012 candidate will also visit Jacksonville and Orlando Tuesday as she promotes her new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life.".
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
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Washington (CNN) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - speaking on Tuesday at the White House for a visit - said India and the United States "are separated by distance, but bound together by the values of democracy, rule of law, and respect for fundamental human freedoms. over the years."
Washington (CNN) – Lawmakers in nine states will be targeted in a new $2 million television ad campaign paid for by an organization opposed to the Democratic Party's approach to health care reform.
The 60 Plus Association will begin running commercials Wednesday in Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, the organization announced Tuesday. These nine states are either represented by centrist Democrats and Republicans or have sizable senior populations.
The 30 second ad focuses on cuts to Medicare in the Democratic bill being considered in the Senate.
The organization sends a blunt political message to the lawmakers in the commercial warning them that if they vote for the legislation, "Seniors will not forget."