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A new survey of North Carolina by Public Policy Polling (D) illustrates just how polarized people have become in terms of their politics -- and where they get their news.

President Obama's overall approval rating in North Carolina, state that he won narrowly, currently stands at 45% approval to 49% disapproval, according to this survey. The poll also asked: "When you watch cable news do you prefer CNN, Fox News, or MSNBC?" The answer was Fox 49%, CNN 31%, and MSNBC 13%, plus 7% who don't watch cable news.

Note that Obama's disapproval matches the percentage or respondents who watch Fox. Another way to look at it, from PPP: "Obama's NC approval with Fox News watchers: 18%. Approval with everyone else: 72%."

Now which came first: The chicken, or the egg?

It's not quite the "bombshell" that Buzzflash calls it, but former Rep. Charlie Wilson opined on Afghanistan in an interview with the Scranton Times.

Wilson (D-TX), whose role in the covert operation in Afghanistan later inspired the film "Charlie Wilson's War," said he thinks President Obama is in a "very tough situation" when making his decision on whether to send more troops.

"It's probably best to make a calculated withdrawal. ...If I were the president, I'm not sure what I'd do. I'd probably shut it down, rather than lose a lot of soldiers and treasure," Wilson, now 76, told the newspaper in advance of an event Thursday at the Scranton Cultural Center.

He said the U.S. is being viewed as an occupier and he worries the war could be "another Vietnam."

A new Rasmussen poll of Louisiana finds a result that might surprise some people: Despite the fact that he was implicated in a prostitution scandal in 2007, Republican Sen. David Vitter is actually popular in his home state.

Vitter leads Democratic challenger Charlie Melancon by a 46%-36% margin. Another potential Republican nominee, Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, leads Melancon by 46%-33% -- implying that the GOP doesn't have anything to gain from a new candidate.

Vitter also has a 56% favorable rating, to only 34% unfavorable, compared to a 43%-39% rating for the lesser-known Melancon.

Late Update: Rasmussen originally posted wrong numbers on the favorable sand unfavorables. They have been corrected, while our original point still stands.

Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) called in a big Democratic gun today, with Vice President Joe Biden campaigning for him at the state AFL-CIO legislative conference.

"This is not only one of the most important states in the union, this is one of the most consequential governors serving in any state in the union, and it's critical he be re-elected," Biden said. "You are the key to getting this man elected, so go out and get those votes."

Corzine has been working to tie his own reputation to that of the Obama administration, which is much more popular in New Jersey than he himself is. At the very least, having Biden stump for him couldn't hurt.

House Republicans plan to introduce a resolution today calling on Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), who has been dogged by charges of financial misconduct and influence peddling, to resign from his powerful post at the head of the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. John Carter (R-TX), who is leading the charge against Rangel and wrote the resolution -- which House Dems are vowing to block -- said in a statement:

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In an interview with Newsweek today about his resignation from Dancing With The Stars, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said he doesn't know if President Obama is a citizen.

Do you think he isn't a citizen?
I have no idea.


In an August appearance on Hardball, when he said, "I would like the President to produce a birth certificate."

Asked about that today, he told Newsweek, "You have to show a birth certificate to play little league baseball. It's a question that should be answered. It's in the Constitution that you have to be a natural-born citizen of the United States to be president."

DeLay also said he's moved on from his indictment on conspiracy and corruption charges.

Are you worried that you're going to go to jail?
No. I don't think a jury is going to convict me on a law that didn't exist in Texas. It's all politics. I've put that behind me. It's been four years.


Of course, DeLay is still under indictment and a trial is pending.

Rep. John Carter (R-TX) issued the following press release today regarding a resolution he introduced today calling for Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) to be removed as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Here's the full text:

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In recent days, Senate Democratic leadership, and even the White House have been sounding a bit more bullish on the public option than they had in recent weeks. Majority Leader Harry Reid even went so far as to say that 'some kind' of public option will be in the Senate bill at the end of the day. But just how great a range of ideas is under discussion at this point?

In a press conference this morning with other Democratic senators, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) -- member of the Senate Finance Committee and a supporter of a robust public option -- says it's a "broad definition."

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Speaking to reporters yesterday, Republican former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie brushed off the new Fairleigh Dickinson poll that showed Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine taking a one-point lead, after having trailed Christie during the whole general election season.

"Did anybody think I was going to win this by 10? Raise your hand if you thought it was going to happen," said Christie. Nobody raised their hands.

"We're in a dog fight in the last four weeks in New Jersey as the Republican candidate for governor. Who would have predicted that?" Christie said sarcastically. "All I can tell you is this: 45 polls, 44 of them we've been ahead. We're still ahead in every other public poll except the FDU poll."

It should be noted that when Christie referred to 45 polls, he meant all the polls this whole year (and maybe even going back further). But as a general rule in politics -- and especially in New Jersey -- it doesn't matter where you are in January, but where you are in October and November.

The Creigh Deeds campaign is now raising money off of the attack by McDonnell supporter Sheila Johnson, who made fun of Deeds for stuttering.

"Before introducing Bob at a campaign event, a top McDonnell surrogate resorted to mocking Creigh's speaking style -- insulting people who truly suffer from speech impediments," the e-mail from Deeds senior adviser Mo Elleithee says.

"Creigh is the first to tell you he's not the smoothest talker. But when he says something, you know it's honest," Elleithee later adds. "Bob McDonnell has not been honest in this campaign. Not about his transportation and energy plans, and certainly not about his record."

The McDonnell campaign initially did not apologize, but released a statement saying that Deeds "never had a problem voicing his false attacks," but "had difficulty expressing" a positive vision. After some more media coverage, Johnson apologized.

The full e-mail is available after the jump.

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