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  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, file photo, American Airline planes sit at a gate at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport.  Four key members of Congress said Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, that all airlines should be able to bid on gates and landing rights that American Airlines and US Airways will give up after their merger. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    HUSAIN: American Airlines Twitter incident sheds light on anti-Muslim attitudes

    Many Muslims view the "Muslim airplane tweet” episode as one of the most well-publicized, but least discussed, instances of Islamophobia in recent history.


  • Illustration on paper money by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

    IRKED: Seven out of 10 Americans say members of Congress are paid too much

    Americans continue to be irked with Congress. A mere 9 percent of likely voters say incumbents should be re-elected in the 2014 midterms according to a new Rasmussen Poll. Positive approval ratings for lawmakers linger at about 12 percent says Gallup, which continually tracks such things. And naturally, voters also think these elected officials do not deserve the pay they receive for their efforts.


  • 100710-F-5964B-393 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 10, 2010) A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La., flies a mission in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. RIMPAC includes more than 14 nations, 32 ships, five submarines, more than 170 aircraft and more than 20,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen. RIMPAC enhances cooperation between partnering nations and practices our ability to plan, communicate, and execute operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey)

    Duck and cover? The majority of Americans say the U.S. is headed into another Cold War with Russia

    Air raid sirens, dank fallout shelters, Operation Looking Glass and B-52s on high alert: those were the cultural hallmarks of the Cold War at one point in history. Is the United States embarking on another one as the Ukraine matter continues? That depends on who you talk to. The majority of Americans say yes, this is the case. President Obama, however, insists there is no Cold War.


  • Health law cited as US uninsured rate drops

    The share of Americans without health insurance is dropping to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office, but sign-ups under his health care law lag among Hispanics - a big pool of potential beneficiaries.


  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with former Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and their wives, former first ladies Barbara Bush, and Laura Bush amd bow their heads in prayer at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Michelle beats Barack — but not Bush ladies — in popularity poll

    Michelle Obama may take the cake when it comes to popularity comparisons with her presidential husband. But even she can't best Laura Bush or Barbara Bush.


  • How religious is your state?

    Mississippi, where 61 percent of citizens rank themselves as "very religious," claimed the top spot in the Gallup Organization's latest poll of religious behavior in the United States.


  • Poll: Uninsured rate drops as health law rolls out

    It may just be the start of a new trend. The uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as expanded coverage rolled out under President Barack Obama's health care law, a major survey released Thursday has found.


  • Attitudes shifting on federal role in providing health insurance

    Gallup polls now find a solid majority of Americans believe the federal government should not play a role in making sure Americans have health coverage. This represents a sharp reversal of the same poll prior to 2009 and steady drop since then.


  • Tunisian women pray near the Zitouna mosque for the Eid al-Fitr prayer, Thursday, Aug.8, 2013, in Tunis. The prayer is taking place at the so-called "Departure Sit-in" on the Bardo square, where people demand the resignation of the ruling moderate islamic Ennahda Party. Tunisians ousted their longtime dictator in January 2011, touching off the Arab Spring uprisings. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    Tunisians quickly losing faith in their government: poll

    A new poll shows Tunisians are quickly losing confidence in their Islamist-led government, with support dropping from 56 percent in March 2012 to 32 percent in May of this year — a notable shift in a region beset by regime changes and unrest at the confluence of religious and democratic principles.


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