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April 2011


10 States With the Lowest Belief in God

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The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life says, on average, 71 percent of Americans believe in God. The most religious state is Mississippi, where 91 percent believe in God. The bottom 10:

1. Maine 59 percent believe in God.

2. Massachusetts 60%

3. Alaska 61%

4. California 62%

5. Nevada 63%

6. Colorado 63%

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Pew Research Center

Poll: Americans Fear Japanese Radioactivity

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The radioactive disaster on Japan's coastline that followed an earthquake and tsunami has Americans on edge. According to the latest Whispers poll, 42.9 percent say that of all the fallout from the earthquake and tsunami that's claimed 11,000 lives so far, the possibility of radioactivity reaching ...

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New GOP Agenda: Balance Budget, Expand Jobs

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Moving fast to avoid being out-flanked by the campaigning President Obama, Republicans are developing a new jobs plan that recasts their hot-button agenda issues as sure-fire ways to crush unemployment, the most frightening worry among independents.

New Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, a former Bush-era

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2010 Congressional elections
Congress
unemployment
Portman, Rob
2012 presidential election
energy policy and climate change
Republican Party
health care reform
deficit and national debt
Democratic Party

Chris Wallace Celebrates Fox Show's 15th Year

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Chris Wallace's Fox News Sunday, regularly in the hunt for the ratings prize, turns 15 on April 28—on the air longer than the Fox News Channel itself. "This is the best job," says Wallace, who took over from the late Tony Snow in 2003.

When he left ABC for his dream job, Wallace thought: "Don't ...

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2012 presidential election
Pawlenty, Tim
Gingrich, Newt
Obama, Barack
Fox News
Bachmann, Michele
Congress

Top 5 Goals of the Tea Party Express

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When the budget battles started heating up, so did the pressure from the various Tea Party factions, none louder than the Tea Party Express. Its leader, Amy Kremer, came to town to urge Congress to stick to the promise to cut spending. And in interviews she laid out other goals of her growing ...

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Hatch, Orrin
Congress
tea party
Stabenow, Debbie
Nelson, Ben
Snowe, Olympia
Lugar, Richard
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
Republican Party

Atlas Shrugged: The Tea Party Movie?

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Last year, on Tax Day, April 15, Tea Party activists stormed the National Mall, demanding that those on Capitol Hill listen to their cries for lower taxes and less spending. This Tax Day, after already gaining success at the polls in November and shifting the budget debate in their direction, maybe ...

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tea party

No Clintonesque Diet for Larry King

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Not that he needs to diet at 77, but former CNN gabber Larry King says he could never go on a veggie diet like former President Bill Clinton who lost several pounds before his daughter's wedding.

"I couldn't do vegan," he says. "I'm Jewish." Caught by a Washington Times video reporter at the Larry ...

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Clinton, Bill

Healthcare Vote Doomed 13 Democrats in 2010 Elections

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In stunning proof that a single vote can doom a lawmaker’s career in Washington, a new review of the 2010 healthcare vote found that 13 Democrats lost their reelection last November because they backed President Obama’s health reform bill. What’s more, it put many other Democrats in jeopardy of ...

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Republican Party
energy policy and climate change
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
health care reform
Democratic Party

Chamber Gives Obama a Backhanded Compliment

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce isn't a group prone to giving a compliment to President Obama, but when they do, it can sting. Like today's comment from Chamber President Thomas Donohue when asked to size up the Democratic president after two years in office

[See photos of the Obamas behind the ...

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2010 Congressional elections
Congress
energy policy and climate change
Obama, Barack
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Democratic Party

New Book Discusses Civil War Innovations

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As the Civil War turns 150, it’s hard to believe that any author could come up with a unique idea. But Andrew Smith has in Starving the South. He says that while Southern farmers went for cash crops, like cotton, Northerners grew food, keeping the Union troops nourished. Also credit innovations ...

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Democrats Say It’s Hard Being a Moderate

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Centrist Democrats know what it feels like to be Rodney Dangerfield. Three moderates bumped off in the 2010 elections told a conference last week that moderates get no respect. Former New York Rep. Dan Maffei, who lost to Tea Partyer Ann Marie Buerkle, says getting re-elected is hard for centrists ...

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Maffei, Dan
Davis, Artur
Nye, Glenn
Democratic Party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
tea party

Deficit Hawk: Obama, GOP Should Agree to Reduced Budgets

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A while back, David Walker, the nation’s leading deficit hawk, was on a cruise with his wife through Antarctica, where “I saw a lifetime of penguins and icebergs.” On the hunt for new ways to explain the impending deficit disaster to Americans in his 2010 book Comeback America, he seized on the ...

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deficit and national debt
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
GAO
Congress
2012 presidential election

Zogby: It's OK to Worry About Libya

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Pollster John Zogby updates our weekly Obama Report Card with a grade on the president's performance. Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a grade and some comments that capture how he sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 115:

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Obama, Barack
Libya
NATO
tea party
Republican Party
Ryan, Paul
Zogby, John
Boehner, John
national security terrorism and the military