|CNN Poll: Obama approval falls amid controversies|
|CNN, by Staff Original Article|
|Washington– President Barack Obama´s approval rating dropped eight percentage points over the past month, to 45%, the president´s lowest rating in more than a year and a half, according to a new national poll. The CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning comes as the White House has been reacting to controversies over a massive U.S. government surveillance program; the Internal Revenue Service´s targeting of tea party and other conservative groups who applied for tax-exempt status; the administration´s handling of last September´s attack in Benghazi that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead; and the Justice Department´s|
An Internal Revenue Service supervisor in Washington says she was involved in scrutinizing applications from tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, damaging the IRS claim that targeting was limited to a Cincinnati office.
|There is no evidence that the FBI has contacted a single tea party group in its criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service, according to the groups the IRS abused. “We have not been contacted by any federal investigative agency and, to date, none of our clients have been contacted or interviewed by the FBI,” Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice told The Daily Caller on Thursday. The ACLJ has filed suit against the IRS on behalf of 25 conservative groups, with additional groups being added in the next couple weeks, according to a spokesman.|
Obama’s Snooping Excludes Mosques, Missed Boston Bombers. “Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee. . . . The FBI never canvassed Boston mosques until four days after the April 15 attacks, and it did not check out the radical Boston mosque where the Muslim bombers worshipped.”
Suspension over gun-shaped toaster pastry is now permanent mark on kid’s record. “This week brought more bad news for Joshua Welch, the Baltimore-area second-grader who was suspended for two days because his teacher thought he shaped a breakfast pastry into something resembling a gun. School officials have denied an appeal to have the suspension expunged from the boy’s permanent record, reports The Baltimore Sun.”