Guest Host Jacki Lyden speaks with Andy Kohut, president of the Pew Center, about the real significance of approval ratings and polls in this 2012 election season.
Despite the excitement surrounding actor and activist George Clooney's visit to Washington, D.C., this week, there's nothing new about stars testifying before Congress. As celebrities get more involved in politics, can their star power still draw an audience for a worthy cause?
Public Policy Polling is a Democratic-leaning survey firm based in North Carolina. Within just a few years of its founding, the company has become one of the most prolific polling outfits in the country. And during this election cycle, its polls have strengthened their reputation for predictive accuracy.
Is the battle for the GOP presidential nomination about history? Or is it about math? Santorum may be getting big headlines with his primary wins, but it's Romney who is advancing further to the magic 1,144 number. And more defeats mean more pressure on Gingrich to pull out.
The former U.S. senator faces charges that he broke federal campaign finance laws, allegedly using nearly $1 million from two wealthy donors to hide the pregnant mistress and prevent a scandal from erupting as he campaigned for the White House in 2008. He has pleaded not guilty.
A blistering report finds the government team concealed documents that would have helped the late Ted Stevens, a longtime Republican senator from Alaska, defend himself against false-statements charges in 2008. Stevens lost his Senate seat as the scandal played out and later died in a plane crash.
Lawmakers in at least six states — all women and all Democrats — have proposed bills or amendments in the last few weeks that aim to regulate a man's access to reproductive health care. The proposals are a response to legislation that would limit women's access to those services.
Mitt Romney and the superPAC supporting him spent more than 15 times as much as Rick Santorum and the superPAC backing him on television ads in Alabama and Mississippi, according to an analysis. Santorum won both states on Tuesday, while Romney finished third in both races.
Vice President Joseph Biden campaigned in Toledo, Ohio, on Tuesday. At a United Auto Workers union hall, he gave the first in a planned series of speeches in states designed to frame the Obama-Biden re-election rational. Afterward, he stopped by a Jeep factory to shake hands with workers at the shift change.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison sentence in a Colorado prison. Former Missouri state senator Jeff Smith served a year in federal prison on obstruction of justice charges. He offers sober advice to Blagojevich on what to expect, and what and what not to do behind bars.
President Obama's re-election campaign is releasing a video Thursday that looks back on his first term. The video was directed by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim and narrated by actor Tom Hanks. But it isn't anything new: Video tributes to candidates have a long history.