Will Obama win in November? Wide gap between preference and prediction.

Chris Cillizza
Chris CillizzaThe Fix

Will Obama win in November? Wide gap between preference and prediction.

 

By , Sunday, September 16, 1:37 PM

National polling suggests that the American public is deeply divided about whom it wants to be the next president of the United States.

In a Washington PostABC News survey released last week President Obama led Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 48 percent among likely voters. A New York Times-CBS News poll released around the same time put Obama at 49 percent to Romney’s 46 percent among those most likely to vote.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix”, a campaign politics blog for the Washington Post. He is also an MSNBC political contributor. He lives in Virginia with his wife and son. Continue reading “Will Obama win in November? Wide gap between preference and prediction.”

Chicago Teachers Standing Strong for Better Schools, Improved Student Services

09/12/2012; Mike Hall

 

 Chicago students and teachers deserve a school system that works for everyone.

While contract talks between the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the city continue today, the 29,000 teachers and education professionals who were forced out on strike to gain a contract that provides students with the education they deserve were on the picket lines early this morning and then gathered for three large rallies across the Windy City.

Chicago teachers want smaller class sizes, investments in neighborhood schools and additional services for students. Chicago students deserve—and parents want—smaller class sizes to foster improved teaching and learning. And Chicago teachers are calling for investments in health care, social workers, additional meal services and other programs to ensure that children receive the support they need to succeed in the classroom.

AFT President Randi Weingarten says what Chicago teachers “want more than anything are the tools and conditions to do their jobs and help all students succeed.” This morning, in a column in USA Today, she writes: Continue reading “Chicago Teachers Standing Strong for Better Schools, Improved Student Services”

9 deep(ish) thoughts on the new Washington Post-ABC News poll

 

9 deep(ish) thoughts on the new Washington Post-ABC News poll

Posted by Chris Cillizza on September 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

 

The big headline out of this morning’s Washington Post-ABC News poll is that the presidential race remains an absolute dead heat among those likeliest to vote in eight weeks time.

But, beneath that headline there are all sort of fascinating — and occasionally contradictory — data points in the poll that are worth further examination.  We tackle nine of them below.  You can sift through all the data from the poll right here if you want to do a bit of exploring on your own.

One quick note: Our thoughts below are in no particular order other than the order to which they occurred to us as we looked through the poll. And, away we go! Continue reading “9 deep(ish) thoughts on the new Washington Post-ABC News poll”

Romney can’t have it both ways on defense spending, tax cuts

Dana Milbank
Dana Milbank
Opinion Writer

Romney can’t have it both ways on defense spending, tax cuts

By , Published: July 25

There have been many mendacious moments in this presidential campaign, but it will be hard to top what Mitt Romney told the Veterans of Foreign Wars conference this week.

President Obama is seeking “an arbitrary, across-the-board budget reduction that would saddle the military with $1 trillion in cuts,” the Republican said. “Strategy is not driving the president’s massive defense cuts. In fact, his own secretary of defense warned that these reductions would be devastating, and he’s right. . . . This is no time for the president’s radical cuts in our military.”

Come again?

Romney is referring to the automatic spending cuts, or “sequestration,” required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. For those suffering memory loss of the sort afflicting Romney, that legislation came about when Republicans threatened to throw the country into default unless Democrats agreed to automatic budget cuts if a “supercommittee” couldn’t reach a bipartisan agreement (which it couldn’t, naturally). Continue reading “Romney can’t have it both ways on defense spending, tax cuts”