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Americans Have Had It with Obama and Congress

November 12, 2013 According to Tuesday's Quinnipiac poll, President Obama just posted his lowest approval rating ever. Only 39 percent of Americans approve of the commander-in-chief; 54 percent disapprove. When it comes to Congress, people are even less confident. Tuesday's Gallup poll shows that just 9 percent approve of Congress, also the lowest ...

Most Americans Think Obama's Doing a Bad Job

November 8, 2013 President Obama's favorability has dropped to new lows, according to the Pew Research Center poll released on Friday. Fifty-three percent of Americans disapprove of Obama, while 41 percent view him in a positive light. The president was in New Orleans on Friday pushing for more spending on infrastructure projects, but ...

The Military's Sexual Assault Problem Gets Bigger

November 7, 2013 According to Pentagon figures released on Wednesday, reports of sexual assault in the military have risen sharply over the last year. The Defense department received 3,553 sexual assault complaints from October 2012 through June, a full 50 percent increase over the year before. According to military officials, the numbers represent ...

GOP Moderates Organize Against Another Shutdown

November 4, 2013 The Dec. 13 deadline to negotiate a budget plan is fast approaching, and Ted Cruz hasn't ruled out another government shutdown to continue his Defund Obamacare campaign. But moderate Republicans in both houses are promising to speak up during this round of budget talks. The loudest among them is Rep. ...

HHS Secretary Won't Quit Over Rocky Obamacare Rollout

October 17, 2013 Many have called for Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius' resignation over the rocky Obamacare rollout. Many Americans have tried and failed to buy insurance through the exchanges because the federal website has so many glitches. But Sebelius isn't throwing in the towel. Her brother, Donald Gilligan, tells ...

Are You Smarter Than an American?

September 6, 2013 The Pew Research Center released its "What the Public Knows" study Thursday, illustrating that pretty much everyone in America recognizes that one photo of Edward Snowden, and nobody knows what's going on with the Dow Jones Index. Pew asked a wide range of respondents 13 "news IQ" questions, to determine ...

Court Rules Veterans Affairs Must Give Benefits to Gay Spouses

August 30, 2013 A federal judge in California ruled on Friday that in light of the Supreme Court's DOMA ruling, a lesbian veteran and her spouse should be eligible for veteran benefits. Previously, the Department of Veterans Affairs denied plaintiff Tracey Cooper-Harris's request for additional money and benefits that married vets are eligible ...

Fort Hood Shooter Found Guilty of Premeditated Murder

August 23, 2013 A jury has found Maj. Nidal Hasan guilty of premeditated murder for the Fort Hood shooting in 2009. This means that Hasan is now eligible for the death penalty. His military base shooting rampage killed 13 people and injured 39. Hasan, an American-born Muslim, acted as his own attorney during ...

Gitmo Guards Allegedly Mess with Prisoner by Giving Him 'Fifty Shades'

August 22, 2013 Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ammar al-Baluchi says his guards are messing with him. Al-Baluchi, who was allegedly involved in the 9/11 attacks, has been attending pretrial hearings this week, during which his lawyer has claimed that guards gave him a copy of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey on a break ...

NIH Works Out Deal With Henrietta Lacks' Family to Study Her Cells

August 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's taken 62 years, but researchers finally asked Henrietta Lacks's family for consent to use her cancer cells, which have been employed in over 76,000 studies since her death in 1951. Lacks, a poor, black mother of five, died of cervical cancer, but the so-called HeLa cells survived to become ...