Washington (CNN) - Most Americans like the new tax cut law that President Barack Obama signed into law on Friday, according to a new national poll.
And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates that while the tax cut compromise the president struck with congressional Republicans didn't spark Obama's overall approval rating, it may have given him a boost as "Triangulator in Chief."
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Although Congress has now voted to repeal the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, it will be at least a few months before the historic change takes effect.
President Barack Obama is likely to sign the repeal this week, setting the stage to allow gay people to serve openly in the armed forces. The Pentagon, however, has an 87-page implementation plan for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." Over the next several weeks, military officials need to examine and rewrite a series of policies, regulations and directives related to the current law.
TOPICS: Obama approval rating, policies of Obama, GOP and Democratic leaders in Congress, tax cut bill
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(CNN) – Now that David Paterson's tenure in Albany is coming to an end, what grade does the New York Democrat's rocky governorship deserve?
He says a slightly-higher-than-average "B-."
"Some things went well, some things went not so well," Paterson told the New York Times. "It was a privilege. It was an honor. I would serve. I would do it again."
Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) – I started the day thinking our flight from Pyongyang to Beijing may not take off because of the planned South Korean military exercises and the likely North Korean military response.
I assumed that would immediately result in the closure of the Pyongyang airport. That did not happen. Indeed, the North Koreans, at least as of this writing, are showing remarkable restraint in not responding to the hour-and-a-half South Korean live-fire exercise. But my flight was still canceled because of an amazing heavy fog that descended on the North Korean capital.
(CNN) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will stand alongside fire and police officials Monday to urge Senate passage of a health care bill benefiting 9/11 rescue workers.
The bill has been in legislative limbo since Thursday, when Senate Democrats failed to win a procedural vote to open debate on it.
Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) – I just came back from a subway ride in downtown Pyongyang. They took us really deep underground. The escalator seemed to go on forever, deeper than I've ever been - certainly much deeper than the Metro in Washington, DC - as we went from Prosperity station to Glory station.
It was clear to me the subway system doubles as an underground shelter. The people here are very conscious of the military situation in North Korea, and certainly now with the escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.
(CNN) – Sarah Palin is again taking aim at Michelle Obama over her anti-obesity campaign, taking the opportunity in Sunday's "Sarah Palin's Alaska" to land a diss against the first lady's efforts to improve nutrition.
While making s'mores at one point during Sunday's episode, the former Alaska governor proclaims the marshmallow and chocolate treat is "in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert."
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CNN: McConnell leads GOP counter-attack against START pact
Senate Republicans mounted a counter-attack Sunday against ratifying a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia this year, trying to put off a vote that Democrats say they will win if it is held. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky led the way, telling CNN's "State of the Union" that members of his party need more time to consider the START accord. "I've decided I cannot support the treaty," McConnell said in his first outright rejection of ratifying the treaty during the current lame-duck session of Congress.
CNN: Senate GOP leader says deal reached on government spending
The Senate will consider a proposal to fund the government until March under an agreement worked out by its Republican and Democratic leaders, the chamber's top Republican told CNN on Sunday. Spending authorization measures are necessary to keep the government running. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives last week approved a brief extension of the funding resolution that was expiring on Saturday, allowing the government to keep running through Tuesday. That provided time to reach agreement on a further extension of the spending resolution until March, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on CNN's "State of the Union" program.