Washington (CNN) - A new national survey confirms what a months long, top-to-bottom Republican Party review finds as well: That the GOP "is out of touch" and seen as the party of "stuffy old men."
A CNN/ORC International poll also indicates that President Barack Obama's job approval rating has dipped below 50% for the first time since September, with half of the public saying they disapprove of the job he's doing in the White House. And it appears that the president's stand on the issues and the glaring spotlight in recent months on fiscal and budget issues, never Obama's sweet spot, are contributing to the drop in his overall numbers.
Washington (CNN) – Legal challenges to state voter regulations are still drawing political and judicial scrutiny four months after the November election.
This was evident in a divisive oral argument on Monday at the Supreme Court over whether states can enhance a federal voter registration law with their own requirements.FULL STORY
(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel introduced legislation Monday giving President Barack Obama the authority to provide rebels in Syria "lethal equipment," which the United States has thus far avoided doing over the course of the two-year conflict.
The New York Democrat previewed the legislation Sunday, saying in an interview it was the time for more substantial American investment in the rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
(CNN) - In Jerusalem, signs welcoming President Barack Obama are already up. The president departs Washington Tuesday evening for his trip to the Middle East, which will also include stops in the West Bank and Jordan.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Thomas Perez, the assistant attorney general heading the Justice Department's civil rights division, as labor secretary.
A former federal prosecutor and an official in his home state of Maryland, Perez was sworn in to his current post in October 2009.
(CNN) – Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch's latest ad, released Monday, touts his background as an iron worker who studied his way through college and law school at night.
The spot comes after two major liberal groups – MoveOn and Democracy for America – endorsed Lynch's rival, fellow U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, for the Democratic nomination in Massachusetts' Senate special election.
Washington (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced for the first time Monday she supports marriage rights for same-sex couples, saying that "gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights."
"America is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being," Clinton said in a video produced by the Human Rights Campaign, a pro-same-sex marriage advocacy group.
(CNN) – The Lead starts today, Monday, March 18th at 4 p.m. ET, only on CNN. Here are five reasons to tune in:
1) We've got a great line-up of guests for our debut show: Stephen Colbert, Lebron James, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
2) It's not your typical Washington, D.C. show – sure we've got politics, but we will also cover the most important topics at the 4 p.m. hour: world stories, national, business, sports, and pop culture.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal escaped unharmed from a minor traffic accident Sunday.
He was on the way home from his son's soccer game when a truck made an illegal U-turn in front of his vehicle, said Sean Lansing, a spokesman with the governor's office.FULL STORY