Most Americans Back Supreme Court on Gay Marriage — Including in the Affected States October 17, 2014
Most Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support the recent U.S. Supreme Court action allowing gay marriages to go forward in several states – including a bare majority in the 11 states in which such marriages have begun in the past week and a half.
Overall, 56 percent of Americans support the court’s action, while 38 percent oppose it – exactly matching opinions on whether or not gay marriage should be legal, asked in an ABC/Post poll in June. These results reflect the public’s dramatic shift in support of gay marriage the past decade.
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Trouble Looms for Obama, Democrats with Election Day 2014 Approaching October 16, 2014
Barack Obama and his political party are heading into the midterm elections in trouble. The president’s 40 percent job approval rating in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll is the lowest of his career – and the Democratic Party’s popularity is its weakest in polling back 30 years, with more than half of Americans seeing the party unfavorably for the first time.
The Republican Party is even more unpopular. But benefitting from their supporters’ greater likelihood of voting, GOP candidates nonetheless hold a 50-43 percent lead among likely voters for U.S. House seats in the Nov. 4 election.
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State launches smartphone app to help voters October 15, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is launching a free smartphone app designed to give voters easier access to information during early voting and on Election Day.
GoVoteTN allows people to view voter-specific information when searching by name or address.
Highlights of the app include: early voting and Election Day polling locations and hours of operation, candidates’ list, county election commission information and access to election results.
Early voting starts on Wednesday. The general election is Nov. 4.
For more information about the app or elections, visit: www.GoVoteTN.com .
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Tenn. voters to decide on income tax amendment October 13, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennesseans will soon vote on a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax.
But regardless of what voters decide on Nov. 4, it’s unlikely that Tennessee lawmakers would seriously consider an income tax because it’s become such a toxic political issue.
The last serious attempt to impose one failed in 2002 amid raucous Capitol protests that included a brick being thrown through the window of the governor’s office and demonstrators banging on the doors of the Senate chamber while lawmakers sought to conduct their business within.
The Legislature instead passed a 1 percentage point ... Read more
Warner, Gillespie to face off in final debate October 13, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie are set to square off in their final debate.
Both men are set to attend a debate Monday evening hosted by the AARP Virginia and The League of Women Voters of Virginia at the studios of WCVE in Richmond.
The debate will be broadcast throughout much of the state.
Public polls have shown Warner with a comfortable lead over Gillespie, who said he believes the race is tightening in its final weeks.
Warner is a former governor and cell phone pioneer seeking a second term in the Senate. Gillespie is ... Read more
George Takei on Social Media Success, New Film October 10, 2014
This week we asked “Star Trek” actor George Takei about his new documentary “To be Takei,” the move by the Supreme Court that will bring legal same-sex marriage to more states, his time in an internment camp during World War II and the key to his success on Facebook.
Q: I just wanted to get your reaction to the move by the Supreme Court this week which expands the number of states where gay marriage will be legal.
GT: Well, it’s more than half the United States now. Even when we had 19 states, which was a patchwork, we had in terms ... Read more
Palin Family Brawl Detailed in Police Reports October 9, 2014
The drunken brawl involving Sarah Palin and her family last month was a wild one, according to police reports released today, and at the center of the report is a Palin daughter repeatedly punching a man in the face, being pounced on by a group of women and then dragged by her legs across the lawn.
Prosecutors won’t proceed with charges in the fight, Anchorage police said, but they released a report with several witness accounts of the brawl.
The police were called to a birthday party for twin brothers Matthew and Marc McKenna at the home of Korey Klingenmeyer in South ... Read more
Meet Joe Clancy: The Man Who’s Now Running the Secret Service October 6, 2014
After the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson earlier this week, the agency has brought in Joe Clancy to temporarily lead the elite unit charged with protecting the president of the United States and his family until a permanent replacement is hired.
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns
White House Fence Jumper Got Farther Than Previously Thought, Sources Say
6 Secret Service Safeguards Breached by White House Intruder
Reportedly nicknamed “Father Joe” because friends and colleagues believe he looks like a priest, here are five things to know about the 58-year-old now in charge of President Obama’s security:
1. HE’S NOT A NEWCOMER.
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Lena Dunham Is Getting Political on her Book Tour October 6, 2014
On her hit HBO show “Girls,” Lena Dunham’s character broke up with a guy once she found out he was Republican. It turns out that life imitates art.
The actress has teamed up with EMILY’s List for her Not that Kind of Girl book tour to help pro-choice female Democrats get elected this November.
“Lena stands for what we stand for at EMILY’s List–making sure women’s voices are heard,” said EMILY’S List communications director Jess McIntosh. ”She’s committed to electing more pro-choice Democratic women to office because she knows that’s how we get the policies that work for women. We’re thrilled to have her ... Read more
Why There Is a HUGE Face on The National Mall October 2, 2014
The National Mall looks different today. You may only notice what looks like a zen garden while walking past it. But from up above the Washington Monument, you’ll notice a face.
The face is a 6-acre portrait shaped by Cuban American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, who used 2,500 tons of sand and 800 tons of soil. The eye is made from gravel.
But whose face is it? The portrait isn’t of anyone famous. Instead, it is several faces merged into one.
National Portrait Gallery Commemorates Robin Williams
Maya Angelou Portrait Installed in National Portrait Gallery
Rodriguez-Gerada told The Washington Post he photographed young men at the ... Read more