(CNN) - New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's got a sky high approval rating, and the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's far ahead of his Republican rivals in general election matchups, but according to a new poll voters want Cuomo to speak out about how he will fix the Empire state's budget woes.
A Quinnipiac University survey indicates that 64 percent of New York state registered voters say Cuomo's not doing enough to explain his budget proposals, with a majority of Republicans, independents, and even Democrats in agreement.
Nearly four in ten questioned in the poll say that Cuomo's "politely deferring" to current Gov. David Paterson on the budget, with just over four in ten saying that Cuomo's "ducking his responsibility."
"Imagine that: Voters want to hear more from a politician. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has been too quiet on how we would solve Albany's budget mess, which he'll inherit – if he's elected," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
According to the survey, 72 percent approve of the job Cuomo's doing as attorney general. The poll indicates that Cuomo leads Republican Rick Lazio, a former congressman, 58 percent to 26 percent in a hypothetical general election matchup, with Cuomo up 59 percent to 23 percent over GOP candidate Carl Paladino in a possible November showdown.
(CNN) - An official at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and Gen. Stanley McChrystal "are both fully committed" to President Barack Obama's Afghan strategy and are working together to "implement" the plan.
This comes amid controversy over McChrystal's remarks about Eikenberry and other civilian officials working on the Afghan strategy.
"We have seen the article and General McChrystal has already spoken to it," according to a statement from an embassy official, making reference to McChrystal's apology.
(CNN) - Gen. Stanley McChrystal, America's top military commander in Afghanistan, has been recalled to Washington amid his controversial remarks about colleagues in a Rolling Stone article, officials said.
He was summoned to attend a meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in person rather than by video conference, a senior administration official said Tuesday.
"He has been recalled to Washington," another official said.
McChrystal apologized Tuesday for the profile, in which the general and his staff appear to mock top civilian officials, including the vice president. The article is set to appear in Friday's edition of Rolling Stone.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, apologized early Tuesday for a magazine profile in which he and his staff appear to mock top civilian officials, including the vice president. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)
(CNN) - Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, apologized early Tuesday for a magazine profile in which he and his staff appear to mock top civilian officials, including the vice president.
The article is scheduled to appear in Friday's edition of Rolling Stone.
"I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened," McChrystal said in a Pentagon statement. "Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity. What is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard."
In the profile, author Michael Hastings writes that McChrystal and his staff had imagined ways of dismissing Vice President Joe Biden with a one-liner as they prepared for a question-and-answer session in Paris, France, in April. The general had grown tired of questions about Biden since earlier dismissing a counterterrorism strategy the vice president had offered.
"'Are you asking about Vice President Biden?' McChrystal says with a laugh. 'Who's that?'" Hastings writes.
"'Biden?' suggests a top adviser. 'Did you say: Bite Me?'"
(CNN) - Peter Orszag has told President Obama that he plans to leave his position as White House budget director in July, an Obama administration official said Monday evening.
Orszag, 41, has been a key part of Obama's economic team, serving in his role as director of the Office of Management and Budget during the passage of the economic stimulus bill and this year's health care reform legislation.
As budget director, he crafted policy, but also was a prime negotiator with congressional Republicans.
As one of the main negotiators in the final hours before lawmakers passed the economic stimulus package, Orszag tried to bridge differences and was keeper of the ever-changing numbers, often crunching them in his head.
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CNN: South Carolina drama tops three primaries on Tuesday
Voters in three states head to the polls Tuesday, and in one of those states history might be made. South Carolina Republicans could make state Rep. Nikki Haley their first female gubernatorial nominee. She's in a runoff against U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett. In neighboring North Carolina, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall faces off in a Democratic Senate primary runoff against former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, who was recruited by national Democrats. The winner will challenge Republican Sen. Richard Burr in November's general election. The fight for the GOP Senate nomination is capturing the spotlight in Utah, and the contest will be another test of the political strength of the Tea Party Express.
CNN: White House budget director leaving in July
Peter Orszag has told President Barack Obama that he plans to leave his position as White House budget director in July, an Obama administration official told CNN Monday evening. Orszag, 41, has been a key part of Obama's economic team, serving in his role as director of the Office of Management and Budget during the passage of the economic stimulus bill and this year's health care reform legislation. As budget director, he crafted policy, but also was a prime negotiator with congressional Republicans.
The Hill: Dems won’t pass budget
House Democrats will not pass a budget blueprint in 2010, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will confirm in a speech on Tuesday. But Hoyer will vow to crack down on government spending, saying Democrats will enforce spending limits that are lower than what President Barack Obama has called for.
CNN: Proposed immigration measure stirs up Nebraska city
Voters in Fremont, Nebraska, are deciding on Monday the fate of a measure making national headlines and stirring up the continuing debate on immigration. Ordinance 5165 would, if approved, prohibit businesses from hiring illegal immigrants and halt landlords from renting to them. The issue has divided the city.
CNN: Haley earned $42,500 for consulting work while in legislature
Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley earned more than $40,000 in 2007 and 2008 consulting for one of South Carolina's largest engineering firms, according to tax records from those years released by her campaign on Monday. Haley's work for the firm, Wilbur Smith Associates, was first revealed last week when the campaign allowed reporters to view her 2009 tax records. The records showed that Haley collected $2,000 from the company, money she did not disclose on state ethics filings.
Wall Street Journal: Newcomer Upends Florida Race
Many Republicans in this state thought their party's nomination for governor was all but settled. Bill McCollum, Florida's buttoned-down attorney general, had statewide name recognition and newly burnished conservative credentials, thanks to his leadership of a 20-state effort to overturn President Barack Obama's health law in court. But in the course of a few weeks, a political newcomer has upended the race, launching a well-funded challenge to Mr. McCollum and taking the lead in two recent polls.