More Approve of Democrats Than Republicans


Approval rate of congressional Democrats, versus 27 percent for Republicans, reports the Washington Post: “In October, 30 percent said they approved of congressional Democrats compared with 25 percent who approved of congressional Republicans.” Public approval of Congress remains low, with 22 percent of Americans saying they approve of the way Congress is doing its job — a 7 point increase since last September — with the shift driven by a rise in support among independents and Republicans.

Pelosi: Netanyahu’s Address was Condescending

I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States… and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.

— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), quoted by The Hill, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress.

Netanyahu: I’m Not Dissing Obama

My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both.

— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, opening “his high-profile visit to the American capital by playing down any personal dispute with President Obama, but he said that he had a ‘moral obligation’ to warn against the dangers of an American-brokered nuclear deal with Iran,” the New York Times reports.

Ginsburg: Congress Not Equipped to Do Anything

The current Congress is not equipped really to do anything. The kind of result that we got in the Ledbetter case is not easily achieved today. Someday, we will go back to having the kind of legislature that we should, where members, whatever party they belong to, want to make the thing work and cooperate with each other to see that that will happen.

— Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in an interview on MSNBC.