Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that cuts in federal spending are likely to be hard to sell to the American public, even though the desire for less spending on domestic programs is significantly higher than it was during the Reagan and Clinton years.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday, the number of Americans who want more government spending on domestic programs equals the number who want the government to spend less. Overall, 49 percent say the federal government should spend more money for domestic programs; that figure is up 17 percentage points since 1994. Another 49 percent saying less should be spent on domestic programs.
See the full results after the jump.
TOPICS: Government spending, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, student loans, aid to farmers, aid to unemployed, defense spending, aid to arts, government salaries
Full results (pdf)
(CNN) – Another day brings another round of fun quotes from Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News.
Yesterday, in part one of the Daily Beast's interview with Ailes, the Fox chief said Obama's "socialism was too far left" for France and Germany.
Now in part two of the interview we see Ailes setting his sights on Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and NPR's recent firing of journalist Juan Williams.
Washington (CNN) - For some lawmakers up for re-election next time around, it seems 2012 isn't all that far away.
One example is six-term Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, who announced earlier this week that he will run for re-election in 2012. His campaign Wednesday put out a poll, which it paid for, that indicates that Lugar has the highest favorable rating of any major politician in the state.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama urged the lame duck Senate to ratify the Russian arms control treaty Thursday, arguing that the United States "can't afford" to gamble on the need to monitor Russia's nuclear stockpile.
Washington (CNN) - One day after she claimed victory in the nation's last unresolved Senate race, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska reiterated Thursday that she does not support Sarah Palin as the Republican presidential nominee in 2012.
Murkowski was defeated in this year's primary by fellow Republican Joe Miller but apparently won a long shot write-in bid for the Senate seat she currently holds, finally claiming victory more than two weeks after the Nov. 2 elections. Palin, a former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate, had backed Miller.
(CNN) – As Ronald Reagan might say, there Donald Trump goes again.
The business tycoon and publicity hound has once again said he's seriously thinking about running for president in the Republican field – a move that, while still unlikely, would fundamentally change the dynamics of the race and is hard not to make note of.
(CNN) – Sarah Palin wants to make one thing clear: contrary to the opinions of many Beltway Republicans, she can beat President Obama in a 2012 matchup.
But a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll indicates Palin has a steeper climb than many other leading Republicans when it comes to winning the Oval Office.
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CNN: Alaska Sen. Murkowski claims victory in re-election bid
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska Wednesday declared victory over fellow Republican Joe Miller in the nation's last Senate race, saying the result of her write-in candidacy was a "miracle." "Against all odds, we as Alaskans together made history," Murkowski told cheering supporters in Anchorage. If she prevails in a potential challenge, Murkowski would become the second person to ever win a write-in bid for the U.S. Senate.
CNN: Ethics committee to determine Rangel sanctions
The House ethics committee is scheduled to meet Thursday morning to discuss sanctions against longtime Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel, who was found guilty of multiple violations of House rules. The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct can recommend penalties ranging from a fine to expulsion. However, most observers believe Rangel is likely to be reprimanded but not expelled. The committee will forward its report to the full House. Rangel was found guilty Tuesday on multiple violations of House rules by an ethics subcommittee.