5 things to watch for in New York mayor's race
September 10th, 2013
06:29 AM ET
1 year ago

5 things to watch for in New York mayor's race

New York (CNN) - It's primary day in New York City, where a whole lot of Democrats and not that many Republicans will select their nominees for mayor and a slate of other city offices.

Given the city's liberal bent, the primary serves as a de facto general election. Most of Tuesday's Democratic winners will sail to victory in November against token Republican opposition.

But New York hasn't elected a Democratic mayor since 1989, when David Dinkins became the city's first African-American mayor. This is shaping up to be the year that streak ends.

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Filed under: New York
September 10th, 2013
06:16 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Poll: Part of Syria strike opposition is the messenger's fault

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that as President Barack Obama prepares to try to convince a skeptical American public why the U.S. should take military action against Syria, he's partly to blame for the box he's put himself into.

The CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday indicates that Americans are divided evenly on whether Obama is a strong leader as well as whether he's honest and trustworthy.

"One concern is the messenger himself," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "The public's split right down the middle on whether Obama is a strong leader, whether he is honest and trustworthy, and whether he inspires confidence."

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Filed under: President Obama • Syria
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