(CNN) - It's been months since he has given a media interview, but former Vice President Dick Cheney is making clear his sharp opinions on President Obama haven't changed.
In his first interview since undergoing heart surgery last July, Cheney told NBC News he still expects Obama will be voted out of office in 2012.
(CNN) – In her first interview since the Arizona shootings, Sarah Palin Monday sharply beat back critics who have suggested her at-times charged political rhetoric and use of a graphic featuring crosshairs may have contributed to the shooter’s motivations.
"The graphic that was used was crosshairs. That's not original. Democrats have been using them for years," Palin said in the interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, where Palin is a paid contributor.
"For many years maps in political races have been used to target certain districts that people would feel that they can get into those districts and find someone to whom they believe would represent the constituents' will better than the incumbent," she added.
Washington (CNN) - Americans' overall attitudes toward gun laws have not budged an inch in the wake of the shootings in Arizona, according to a new national poll.
But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates that majority of the public favors restrictions on semi-automatic guns and high-capacity ammunition clips, as well as background checks and limits on the number of guns that can be purchased.
TOPICS: Gun laws
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Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance.
Quite an expensive investment ...
Arnold Schwarzenegger - bodybuilder turned actor turned politician - says his time as California's governor cost him at least $200 million, Reuters reports.
(CNN) - After telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt" and refusing to attend their event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage attended a different MLK celebration.
LePage appeared at a breakfast in Waterville, Maine Monday sponsored by the Rotary Club and Spectrum Generations that he attended often as mayor of Waterville.
Washington (CNN) – A new poll indicates Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who's up for re-election in 2012, leads by double digits in hypothetical Senate general election matchups against six potential Republican challengers.
According to a Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind survey of New Jersey voters, Menendez lead ranges from ten points over Tom Kean Jr. (44 – 34 percent) and Tea Party movement favorite Michael Doherty (40 – 30 percent) to 21 points over Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (47 – 26 percent). Kean, a state lawmaker and son of a popular former New Jersey governor, lost to Menendez in the state's 2006 election for the Senate.
Washington (CNN) - More than a week after the Arizona shooting, senators and congressman are, at least slightly, changing how they talk about and interact with each other. The seating chart for the State of the Union address has become a nascent map for bipartisanship.
But what specifically have we learned about political discourse?
In this week's American Sauce, CNN's Lisa Desjardins profiles two individuals who wield razor-sharp words against one another in the fight over illegal immigration. And, looking big picture, she works with a professor who has devoted his career to studying extreme speech, asking him if there is any way to measure the tone today.
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Washington (CNN) - Americans feel sadness, anger and shock in the wake of the tragic events in Tucson, Arizona, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates there's plenty of blame to go around over the shootings, but two-thirds of the public is pessimistic that the government or society can prevent something like this from happening again.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Any plans the first lady has to celebrate her birthday today will have to wait. Since her 47th birthday falls on Martin Luther King, Jr. day this year, Michelle Obama is participating in a community service project with President Obama and her daughters to celebrate MLK Day of Service.
The Obamas marked the national holiday by attending a Sunday service at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. The congregation sang happy birthday to the first lady and others at one point during the two-hour service.