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A slim majority of Americans say President Obama is focusing on things that matter to them personally, while a clear majority say Republicans in Congress are not, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows.
Fifty-one percent say Obama is mainly concentrating on things that are important to them, while 44 percent say his attention is on things that are not important to them. The split tracks Obama's job approval numbers -- 51 percent approve of the job the president is doing, while 41 percent disapprove.
Former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman doesn't think he has to apologize for the wrongdoing that occurred at the IRS on his watch, and he repeatedly refused to do so at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday.
We'll see how long that lasts.
Shulman at several points during Tuesday's hearing expressed "regret" that conservative groups were improperly targeted by the IRS over the last three years, even saying he was "deeply saddened" by it. But when asked whether he would apologize, Shulman balked.
A week and a half has passed since the Internal Revenue Service first publicly admitted to singling out conservative groups. We know a great deal more about what happened than we did on May 10, but lots of unanswered questions remain.
Here's a rundown of what we know -- and what we still don't -- about the ongoing story.
Hillary Clinton continues to get heavily positive reviews for her work as secretary of state in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, even after renewed Republican allegations of an Obama administration related to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya last fall.
If the Benghazi controversy has taken any toll at all on Clinton, it's been a small one. Sixty-two percent of all Americans say they approved of the way Clinton handled her job at the state department; just 28 percent disapprove. That's a six percentage point dip from a December Post-ABC poll just before she left the administration. The drop in approval is concentrated among conservatives (down nine points), but she has also slid from 77 to 69 percent among moderates.
When the Senate considered a bill to provide billions in relief funds for Hurricane Sandy late last year, Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) railed against it, insisting that "when a disaster occurs in America and emotions are high, everyone wants to pour money on it" and likened the bill to a slush fund.
It's Election Day in Los Angeles, where voters will pick their next mayor after a long and expensive campaign. The technically nonpartisan runoff election pits two Democratic political insiders against one another: City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel.
The race has attracted the attention of organized labor, Bill Clinton, and a longtime ally to President Obama. Here's a rundown of the biggest things to keep in mind about the race and why Tuesday's election matters well beyond the city limits:
A tale of two speeches.
Americans are deeply divided over President Obama's ability to bring the country together in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the latest sign that his pledge to end decades of partisan warfare in the nation's capital is flagging.
Forty-seven percent of Americans say that Obama has done more to unite the country during his time in office while 45 percent say he has done more to divide it -- a statistically insignificant difference. Among registered voters, it's 47 percent uniter and 47 percent divider.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's opponent is out with a new ad, and it might be a candidate for sneakiest ad of the year.
At first glance, Democrat Barbara Buono's ad appears to be just a fun, cutesy new ad making light of her hard-to-pronounce last name -- comparing it to U2 s Bono and Sonny Bono.
By the end though, the message is clear: I'm an Andrew Cuomo Democrat.