Missouri appears ready to stick with its early presidential primary next year, a move that could inject more confusion into the 2012 election calendar by prompting other states to elbow to the front of the campaign line.
The poll shows that only 28 percent of Americans do view the Tea Party favorably, versus a full 53 percent who don't. The poll shows that less than twenty percent don't have an opinion of Tea Partiers, which is the lowest yet -- an issue on polling the movement has been that many Americans simply didn't know enough about it. That has clearly changed since the beginning of last year.
Vice President Biden told the panel at The View Tuesday he had a "visceral reaction" to members of the audience at last Thursday's Republican presidential debate booing a gay active-duty soldier in Iraq who sent in a YouTube question about Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
White House press secretary Jay Carney today said the U.S. is always reviewing aid to Pakistan. Carney’s remarks come at a tentative time in American relations with Pakistan, as the U.S. has recently accused Pakistan of being in cahoots with the militant Haqqani network.
Grassley continued pressing the issue on Monday, writing a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew asking for more information on his review of conference expenditures.
Regardless of whether DOJ really paid $16 for a muffin -- and it seems almost certain they didn't -- what's nice about federal agencies is that they've got inspector generals to try to keep their actions and their spending in line.
Michele Bachmann has her eye on a new front in the War on Terror: Havana.
At an event in Iowa on Monday, the poll-plummeting candidate warned of a new potential Cuban missile crisis -- involving Hezbollah.
"And the question was asked, should we normalize trading with Cuba? Why would you normalize trading with a country that sponsors terror?" Bachmann said. "Cuba --Â there's reports that have come out that Cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is potentially looking at wanting to be part of missile sites in Iran.
"And, of course, when you're 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don't want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba. This would be foolish."