May 12, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's approval rating has hit its highest point in two years - 60 percent - and more than half of Americans now say that he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. In worrisome signs for Republicans, the president's standing improved not just on foreign policy but also on the economy, and independents - a key voting bloc in the November 2012 presidential election - caused the overall uptick in support by sliding back to Obama after fleeing for much of the past two years.
May 3, 2011
OSAMA BIN LADEN, in death as in life, is affecting U.S. politics. The ballsy mission to gun down and grab the notorious al Qaeda founder boosts Barack Obama at a time that the president needs it. It provides a positive political push on at least three levels. First, the carefully planned hit, carried out in secrecy near an elite military academy described as the West Point of Pakistan (does anyone think Pakistan wasn't helping hide this guy?), counters suggestions that the president tends to be tentative, soft or unprepared.
April 27, 2011
Note: This story has been clarified from an earlier version. GOV. CORBETT's first 100 days - he hits that mini-milestone tomorrow - offer insights into who he is and how he'll govern, and show a mix of results. He campaigned on reforming the evils of Harrisburg, especially the Legislature, and putting the brakes on taxes and spending. So far, he's known for opposing taxes, especially on Marcellus Shale drilling, and backing big cuts in spending, especially in education.
April 7, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The City Council passed legislation Wednesday that members said would prevent a repeat of mistakes like those made during a day-after-Christmas blizzard that shut down large swaths of the city and reverberated far past the holiday, chipping away at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating and continuing to spark ire among residents and local officials. "We're taking these aggressive actions to make sure that something like this never happens again," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.
March 25, 2011
IF GOD hadn't given us Milton Street, some columnist would have created him. He wouldn't have been as colorful. The dimensions would have been more modest. After all, only God can make a tree. The language would have been more subdued and the episodes wouldn't have been as hard to believe. We wouldn't have had him pitch a tent on the Capitol lawn in Harrisburg to protest the condition of his legislative office, or roll out a coffin as a campaign prop. I doubt that any of us would have had him set up a company to counsel traffic scofflaws after he lost his Traffic Court job for nonpayment of his own tickets.
February 10, 2011 |
MAYOR NUTTER is vulnerable to a primary-election challenge this year from a strong Democrat, a new Franklin & Marshall College/ Daily News poll shows. But the only Democrat willing to take a shot just got out of prison. Nutter could also face trouble from a third-party challenge in the general election from a savvy candidate, the poll found. And one of those, in the form of a wealthy old adversary, is eager to run. Nutter's dilemma: 53 percent of those polled said the city is headed in the wrong direction.
January 21, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama is enjoying a surge in public approval as he marks the midpoint of his first term, with independent voters who were instrumental to Republican victories in last year's congressional elections beginning to swing back to the president. An NBC News/ Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday night showed Obama's job-approval rating at 53 percent, an 8-point jump from mid-December and his highest rating since July 2009. Surveys from CNN/Opinion Research and ABC News/ Washington Post also put Obama's approval rating above the 50 percent threshold.
October 19, 2010 |
Sometimes, you can't help but chuckle at the quirky little incongruities of life. I'm part of a national affiliation of African American columnists called the Trotter Group, named after the crusading newspaper editor and NAACP cofounder William Monroe Trotter, who was once kicked out of the White House by President Woodrow Wilson. "Segregation is not humiliating, but a benefit," Wilson said. Trotter was none too pleased. Yet on Friday, I found myself in the West Wing along with nine other Trotter members, preparing for a roundtable exchange with President Obama.
October 1, 2010
EVERY DAY, millions march into liquor stores and stumble home from bars in the wee hours. Lives are destroyed. Homes are broken into pieces. Children suffer, but later replicate. This is, however, if the drunk doesn't drive. Thousands are dead in Pakistan. Unemployment is at 10 percent. The proud promise of a presidency is at a 38 percent approval rating. Thirty-three percent of all African-American males are in jail. But, the big story today (ABC News) is that Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are guilty, again!
September 28, 2010 |
With five weeks until polls open, Republican candidates for governor and senator lead their respective races in Pennsylvania, according to a poll of registered voters released today by Suffolk University. Attorney General Tom Corbett, the Republican, leads his Democratic rival Dan Onorato 47 percent to 40 percent in the contest for governor, the poll finds. In the race for U.S. Senate, Republican Pat Toomey holds a 45 percent to 40 percent lead over Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak. The GOP leads in Suffolk's poll are narrower than in some recent surveys by other universities and independent entities.