Washington (CNN) - Wyoming and Mississippi are the two most conservative states in the nation, according to a new national poll.
A Gallup survey released Monday indicates that 53 percent of residents in each state identify themselves as conservatives rather than moderates or liberals, with Utah coming in third with 51 percent identifying as conservatives and South Dakota is fourth at 50 percent.
According to the poll, 42 percent of District of Columbia residents describe themselves as liberal, with Rhode Island in second at 32 percent while Connecticut and Vermont tied for third at 29 percent.
The list of most conservative states includes five from the South, three from the West and three from the Midwest. The most liberal states are mostly in the Northeast, but also include Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.
Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is willing to hold one-on-one talks with U.S. President Barack Obama in September, he said Monday.
Ahmadinejad expects to visit New York then for the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, he said at a speech in Tehran.
"I will be ready for talks, for one-on-one talks, with Mr. Obama in front of the media, of course," he said, posing the offer as a repeat of one he has been making to the U.S. president for years.
The White House did not immediately comment on the speech, which was carried live on Iran's government-backed Press TV.
Updated: 8:48 a.m.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
Pennsylvania 6th – Rep. Jim Gerlach is seeking a 5th term
Primary: May 18, 2010
Location: Philadelphia suburbs
Days until Election Day: 92
Even though Democrats may have their hands full this year defending dozens of vulnerable House incumbents, they still have high hopes of knocking off several Republican members in districts that President Obama carried in 2008. One such GOP incumbent is Rep. Jim Gerlach, who is no stranger to the Democratic target list.
Plans to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to 50,000 by the end of this month are on schedule, according to a prepared speech President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver Monday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)
Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - Plans to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to 50,000 by the end of this month are on schedule, according to a prepared speech President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver Monday.
"Next month, we will change our military mission from combat to supporting and training Iraqi security forces," Obama says in remarks prepared for the national convention of the Disabled American Veterans.
But danger for troops on the ground remains, he says.
"The hard truth is we have not seen the end of American sacrifice in Iraq," Obama says. "But make no mistake, our commitment in Iraq is changing–from a military effort led by our troops to a civilian effort led by our diplomats."
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - The U.S. hopes tougher sanctions against North Korea will pressure the country to end its nuclear weapons program, a State Department official said Monday.
Robert Einhorn, the State Department's special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, is discussing the sanctions with senior government officials in Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan, this week.
"These measures are not directed at the North Korean people, but our objective is to put an end to [North Korea's] destabilizing proliferation activities, to halt illicit activities that help fund its nuclear missile programs and to discourage further provocative actions," Einhorn told reporters, according to a copy of his prepared remarks.
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CNN Poll: How public views political parties
With just over three months until November's midterm elections, a new national poll gives a picture of how Americans view the two political parties battling for control of Congress. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday, Democrats hold a 46 to 39 percent advantage over the Republican party on the question of which party cares more about the needs of people like you, with the Democrats and the GOP tied on which party can bring the kind of change the country needs. But the poll indicates that the Republicans have a small to significant edge on several other measures.