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Washington (CNN) - Two-thirds of Americans don't want to make it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens, even though a slight majority is sympathetic towards their plight, according to a new poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Sunday indicates that 66 percent of Americans say the U.S. should not make it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens, with 33 percent disagreeing.
Forty-two percent of Democrats questioned say the path to citizenship for illegal immigrants should be made easier. That number drops to 33 percent for independents and 16 percent for Republican respondents.
"Virtually all major subgroups oppose making it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens, at least in the abstract," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Specific legislation that puts limits on the ability to gain citizenship has sometimes met with favor in the past if it restricts the number who can apply and penalizes them for staying in the country illegally. But the overall principle remains unpopular."
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Washington (CNN) –Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, continues to face a tough re-election battle, as a new poll indicates that his unfavorable rating has reached 56 percent and he trails the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in a hypothetical general election match up.
Former Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden holds an eight point lead over the Senate Democratic leader in the three way contest that includes Scott Ashjian, who is running as the Tea Party candidate. Reid, who has vowed to spend $25 million to win re-election in November, is one of the top targets for Republicans in November.
The Mason-Dixon poll, conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, also shows that Lowden holds a commanding lead over her nearest rival for the right to challenge Reid in November. In the survey, 18 points separate Lowden from Danny Tarkanian with a handful of other GOP candidates polling in single digits.
The Republican Senate primary is scheduled for June 8.
The Mason-Dixon/Las Vegas-Journal Review poll was conducted April 5-7, with 625 Nevada voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
Update: Kelly Steele, a spokesman for Reid, criticized the methodology of the poll.
"The Review-Journal made the effort to approximate what the Republican primary ballot would look like in June, but still refused to test what November’s general election ballot would look like by leaving off the names of numerous candidates who are running. While the editors of the newspaper continue to use their news pages as a platform for bolstering Republicans, our campaign will continue our work to ensure the people of Nevada know how Sen. Reid is fighting to create jobs and get Nevada's economy back on track."
“We need to purge the Republicans of the weaklings,” Tea Party Express 3 Chairman Mark Williams told CNN. “And we’re on a...RINO hunt. And we’re going to drive them to extinction.” “RINO” - “Republicans in name only” – is a bit of a political slur within the GOP that is sometimes used by staunch conservatives to refer to those fellow Republicans who they do not regard as hewing closely enough to the party’s core principles.
“I got more knife wounds in my back from Republican operatives, than Democrats could ever do,” Williams said. He added, “The Democrats at least stand there and tell me they hate me, and tell me that they hate America. These Republicans smile at me, shake my hand and then they stab me in the back.”
Atlanta (CNN) – Charles Rangel was first elected to Congress in 1970 after defeating Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., a powerful lawmaker and civil rights icon in the Democratic primary. Forty years later, Rangel will face his son, Adam Clayton Powell IV, in the 2010 Democratic primary.
The younger Powell told CNN’s Don Lemon that he will officially announce his campaign Monday in Harlem. It will be a rematch as Powell lost to Rangel in the 1994 Democratic primary for the same seat. Powell, a New York assemblyman, denied he is motivated by revenge.
“I got that out of my chest in 94, the revenge, the settling the score … the reality is that if the congressman was not running I would still be just as enthusiastic about representing Harlem and Northern Manhattan in the United States Congress.”
In advance of this week's nuclear security summit, President Obama held a series of bilateral meetings with other world leaders, including this one with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama hosts leaders from 46 countries for a two-day nuclear security summit starting Monday that will focus on how to better safeguard weapons materials, both old and new, to keep them out of the hands of terrorists.
The gathering at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation's capital is considered an unprecedented effort to rally global action on securing vulnerable nuclear materials.
It also is the centerpiece of a major Obama objective aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and technology.
As the summit begins, the United States is negotiating with the four other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council on tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear ambitions.
"The central focus ofthis nuclear summit is the fact that the single biggest threat to U.S. security, both short term, medium term and long term, would be the possibility of a terrorist organization obtaining a nuclear weapon," Obama said Sunday, appearing with South African President Jacob Zuma in Washington.
"This is something that could change the security landscape in this country and around the world for years to come. If there was ever a detonation in New York City, or London, or Johannesburg, the ramifications - economicially, politically and from a security perspective - would be devastating. We know that organizations like al Qaeda are in the process of trying to secure nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction and would have no compunction at using them."
Obama signed a new treaty with Russia last week to reduce the nuclear stockpiles of both nations, and his administration issued a revised U.S. nuclear arms strategy intended to reinforce the nation's nuclear deterrent while isolating terrorists and rogue states that fail to comply with international regulations.
It all fits together as an ambitious effort to mobilize a unified global effort against nuclear proliferation, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in interviews broadcast Sunday.
New York (CNN)–The panel of economists responsible for identifying changes in the U.S. business cycle said Monday that it's "premature" to say whether the recession that began in 2007 has ended.
"Although most indicators have turned up, the committee decided that the determination of the trough date on the basis of current data would be premature," according to a statement from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
(CNN) – The GOP this past weekend wrapped up its annual Southern Republican Leadership Conference, where attendees discussed policy, lashed out at the Obama administration and laid the groundwork for what they hope will be a major comeback in the midterm elections.
More than a dozen speakers took the stage to rally and recharge Republicans during the three-day pep rally in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here are five lessons learned from the event.
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CNN: Obama hosts two-day summit on nuclear security
President Obama hosts leaders from 46 countries for a two-day nuclear security summit starting Monday that will focus on how to better safeguard weapons materials, both old and new, to keep them out of the hands of terrorists. The gathering at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation's capital is considered an unprecedented effort to rally global action on securing vulnerable nuclear materials.
Wall Street Journal: Obama Presses Nuclear Issue
President Barack Obama demonstrated ahead of a two-day nuclear-security summit that starts Monday how much he would bend on issues like human rights to advance nuclear controls that have climbed to the top of his foreign-policy agenda. Meeting Sunday with world leaders with problematic nuclear records but vital roles in securing such weapons and materials, he pressed the heads of Kazakstan, India, Pakistan and South Africa on efforts to control nuclear materials and weapons.
CNN: Senators signal bruising confirmation battle on Supreme Court nominee
Two leading senators on the Judiciary Committee, which will consider President Obama's upcoming Supreme Court nominee, signaled Sunday that a bruising fight is likely. Committee chairman Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vermont, called the current conservative-leaning Supreme Court the most activist he had seen, while ranking Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama wouldn't rule out a filibuster if Obama nominates what the GOP perceives to be a liberal activist.
Wall Street Journal: Kagan Foes Cite Gay-Rights Stand
As talk of a possible Supreme Court nomination for Solicitor General Elena Kagan persists, conservative activists are homing in on a high-profile stand she took on gay rights as a centerpiece of their opposition, if she gets the nod. As dean of Harvard, Ms. Kagan cultivated good relations with conservatives, hiring several professors with right-leaning views and reaching out to the Federalist Society, a training ground for lawyers who often go on to populate Republican administrations. Such an unprovocative past has given pause to some liberal activists, who long to see a vibrant progressive voice join the Supreme Court. But some conservatives fear that once on the court, Ms. Kagan could emerge as heir to the liberal icon for whom she once clerked, Justice Thurgood Marshall, himself a former solicitor general.
Washington Post: Bill to extend jobless benefits faces Senate showdown
Congress is poised for another partisan showdown over extending unemployment insurance, as concerns about the growing budget deficit have complicated the path forward for an otherwise popular program.
Politico: Dems eager to take on Wall Street
Liberal Democrats see an opportunity to reassert their power in the Senate this spring on the Wall Street reform bill, after being forced to swallow a series of compromises on everything from health care reform to jobs legislation.
CNN: Romney nips Paul in Southern GOP straw poll
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney defeated Texas Rep. Ron Paul by a single vote in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference's 2012 straw poll on Saturday. Romney did not appear at the New Orleans conference, but received 439 votes - or 24 percent - of the 1,806 ballots cast by delegates at the conference, held in New Orleans. Paul earned 438 votes.