Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans don't think it is worth attacking Syria militarily just to punish the regime of Bashar al-Assad over alleged chemical weapons use, according to a new national poll.
The CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that a majority of respondents worry U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war might lead to wider conflict in the region that could involve the use of American troops and trigger new chemical attacks, possibly against the United States at home.
(CNN) – One day before Primary Day in New York City, two new polls suggest that the big question is whether front-runner Bill de Blasio will avoid a runoff in the race for the Democratic mayoral nomination.
And the surveys, from Quinnipiac University and NBC4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist, indicate a close contest between former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the race for city comptroller.
(CNN) – The dinner at Vice President Joe Biden's home Sunday night with Republican senators–which lasted from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET–was "serious and thoughtful," with discussions revolving around not only the unintended consequences of military strikes, but also the effectiveness of what the president intends to do, according to a source with knowledge of the dinner.
Biden told the dinner participants that the president had never been to the vice presidential residence before Sunday night, the source told CNN.
New York (CNN) – Anthony Weiner was running almost an hour late for his final campaign appearance of the weekend, two days before he faces all-but-certain political doom in Tuesday's Democratic primary for New York mayor.
There was a "child care mixup" at home, an aide said. Weiner had to peel off the campaign trail and hustle back to his Park Avenue residence to pick up his 20-month-old son, Jordan. Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, has been absent from his side for weeks.
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(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will comment "very briefly" on the debate over potential U.S. military action in Syria when she's at the White House on Monday, according to a Clinton source.
Clinton, whose aide said last week she supported the president's decision to seek congressional authorization for strikes in Syria, is scheduled to appear Monday afternoon at a forum on wildlife trafficking, where she will speak on a variery of topics, including Syria.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama's high-stakes sales pitch on Syria this week is complicated by two powerful forces of public opinion: most Americans don't think there is a vital U.S. national security interest at stake, and don't believe military strikes will achieve any significant goal for the United States.
The skepticism drives the deep opposition to military strikes seen in a new CNN/ORC poll released Monday: 59% of Americans oppose a congressional resolution authorizing military action in Syria. And if Congress fails to pass such a resolution, 71% of Americans say they would oppose the president launching strikes anyway.
(CNN) – Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted conservative and business elements Sunday night at the AFL-CIO Convention in Los Angeles, singling out the conservative members of the U.S Supreme Court and Republicans whom she accused of a concerted attack on labor.
In her prepared remarks, the Massachusetts Democrat took multiple opportunities to lambast "powerful interests" that "have done everything they can to block reform," she said.
(CNN) - A top Obama administration official says he believes that the congressional votes favoring a military strike against Syria will be there "at the end of the day." The goal of a strike would be to "deter" and "degrade" President Bashar al-Assad's "ability to use chemical weapons," Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN's "New Day."
(CNN) – The day before New York City's mayoral primary, embattled Democratic candidate Anthony Weiner still thinks he has a good chance of winning, maintaining that voters are far more interested in his policies than his personal history.
The former congressman, in an interview on NBC's "Today Show" said that his chances going into the primary are good, despite the latest polls showing Weiner in single digits, far behind city public advocate Bill de Blasio, council speaker Christine Quinn and comptroller Bill Thompson.
New York (CNNMoney) - The Affordable Care Act adds or amends more than 40 provisions of the U.S. tax code.
For the IRS, of course, that means more work.
For individuals and businesses, Obamacare means both new taxes and new tax breaks.
A bunch are intended strictly to raise revenue - for instance, a new tax on medical device makers. But others are designed to encourage certain behaviors, such as the mandate that individuals buy insurance or pay a penalty.