Washington (CNN) - Americans are divided over whether Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence among its believers, according to a new national poll. A Pew Research Center survey also indicates wide partisan and generational divides on the issue.
The poll indicates that 40 percent of the public says that Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence among its followers, with 42 percent disagreeing and nearly one in four unsure. Those numbers are little changed over the past few years, but a Pew poll conducted in March 2002, six months after the September 11th terrorist attacks, indicated that by a two to one margin, Americans said Islam was not more likely to encourage violence.
(CNN) - New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that a special election for the state's 26th Congressional District will be held on May 24.
The seat was vacated when Republican Rep. Chris Lee abruptly resigned last month, after the website Gawker published an item reporting he corresponded with a woman who posted a Craigslist ad and Lee allegedly sent her a bare-chested photo of himself. Lee, who is married and has a son, was first elected to Congress in 2008. He won re-election last November.
Washington (CNN) - A U.S. appeals court has been asked by the Justice Department to speed up consideration of the sweeping health care reform law's constitutionality.
The request followed a ruling by a federal judge in Florida in January declaring the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to be legally invalid.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard pledged true friendship with the United States Wednesday and encouraged the nation that inspired her youth by landing on the moon to be bold in shaping the 21st century.
In a speech to a joint meeting of Congress, Gillard backed the U.S. policy in Afghanistan but warned against failing to fully complete it, and called for a brave and innovative U.S. approach to economic reforms in the wake of the global recession.FULL STORY
Washington (CNNMoney) - A House hearing Wednesday entitled "Are Federal Workers Underpaid?" has the exact opposite intent - and could serve as the first step in a new legislative assault on federal worker pay.
Some conservative experts were testifying about reducing the pay and benefits of government employees.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A conservative activist who served in George W. Bush's White House, Suhail Khan has lately found himself at odds with certain figures who should be allies, like fellow activists on the right and some leading lights of the Republican Party.
Khan, a Muslim, has chafed at recent remarks about Islam from potential Republican presidential contenders like Sarah Palin, who has called on "peaceful Muslims" to oppose a proposed Islamic center near New York's ground zero, and Newt Gingrich, who has called for a federal ban on Sharia, or Islamic law.FULL STORY
(CNN) - David S. Broder, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, died Wednesday in Arlington of complications from diabetes, the Post announced on their website.
Broder, 81, joined the Post in 1966 as a political reporter, a position he held until his death, writing a twice-weekly column in the paper. Nicknamed the dean of the Washington press corps, Broder covered every presidential convention since 1956.
Washington (CNN) - Add another stop to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's busy national itinerary as he prepares for a likely presidential bid: Chicago.
The Republican will headline a fundraiser for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce's political action committee next Monday, with a speech about "the need for economic growth and job creation."