Gallup poll shows the Democrats have taken the lead.
Now, 33% of Americans, in the latest Gallup poll, call themselves Democrats,
with those favoring the GOP one point behind. Gallup says this widens when
the Independents are pushed on their leanings.
Independents now make up 34% of the population. When asked if they lean in a
certain direction, their answers pushed the Democrat numbers to 49% with
Republicans at 42%. One year ago, the parties were dead even at 46% each.
Clinton in Iowa
Former President Bill Clinton is expected to be in Des Moines today to
attend the funeral of Dr. Stephen Gleason. He died of an apparent suicide.
His medical license was suspended for addiction to painkillers.
Gleason, 59, was an adviser to the Clinton administration in 1993. He headed
a committee of medical practitioners who helped write the proposal to
overhaul the nation's health care system. He also served as an adviser to
the federal agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid. He is the former
director of Iowa's Department of Public Health, and he served as Gov. Tom
Vilsack's (D-IA) chief of staff.
Democrats’ security laughable
Republicans yesterday responded to the Democrat leadership’s unveiling of
their security plan.
"House Republicans will continue to do what is right to protect American
families and prevent a tragedy like September 11th from occurring ever
again," said House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).
"On the other hand, Democratic leadership has voted against the most
important efforts to protect our homeland."
Democrats opposed a border security bill that would crack down on immigrants
who illegally enter this country. The Border Security/Border Protection,
Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act passed the House 239-182,
with 164 Democrats opposing.
Democrats opposed the REAL ID Act that set federal standards for issuing
state identification cards. That bill passed the House 261-161, with 152
Democrats opposed creation of the Department of Homeland Security. It passed
the House 261-161, with 120 Democrats opposing.
Congresswoman hits police
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and a police officer scuffled Wednesday after
she entered a House office building unrecognized by Capitol Police. She was
not wearing her pin that indicates her as a Member of Congress. She walked
around a metal detector and an officer asked her several times to stop. When
she did not, the officer tried to stop her, and she then struck the officer.