7 facts about White House press secretaries
When Joshua Earnest formally succeeds the departing Jay Carney as President Barack Obama’s chief liaison with the media, he will become the 30th presidential press secretary since the post was created 85 years ago. Here’s a look at others who held the job.
EPA to propose power plant pollution cuts, an idea the public has backed
President Obama is expected to announce a new rule cutting emissions from coal-fired power plants. A Pew Research Center survey last September found support for action to cut emissions.
Midterm Election Indicators Daunting for Democrats
With the midterm elections six months away, 47% of registered voters support the Republican candidate in their district while 43% favor the Democrat. And more see their vote as a vote against President Obama than for him.
Is Attacking Obama’s Foreign Policy a Winning Strategy?
Some Republicans see foreign policy as a winning campaign theme given President Obama’s handling of recent international crises. But surveys suggest that may not be the case.
Obama visits Asia amid regional concerns about China
President Obama’s trip to Asia this week comes at a time when many U.S. allies in the region are concerned about China’s intentions.
Majority in U.S. back trade treaty Obama likely to discuss on Japan trip
Trade will likely be a topic of discussion when President Obama visits Japan on Wednesday. Most Americans see trade with Japan as a good thing and back a treaty on Pacific trade.
Support for Obama, health care law has eroded among Hispanics
Today, as many Hispanics approve as disapprove (47%-47%) of the new health care law. That’s down markedly compared with the 61% approval just six months ago. And during the same time period, Obama’s job approval rating has slipped 15 points among Hispanics.
As Obama meets with Netanyahu, Americans are divided on U.S. role in Israeli-Palestinian dispute
Nearly as many Americans (39%) say the U.S. should be less involved in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute as say it should remain as involved as it currently is (36%). About a fifth of Americans say the U.S. should be more involved.
On Twitter, criticism exceeds praise for Obama’s speech
The word “women” appeared more often than 30 other search terms in the Twitter discussion, followed by such domestic topics as education, jobs, healthcare reform and the economy.
Obama lags his predecessors in recess appointments
In his six years in office, Barack Obama has made 32 recess appointments to federal positions.