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“I have never understood self-deportation and what the governor (Mitt Romney) has presented as a policy," said Rubio. "It’s not a policy. It’s an observation of what people will do in a country that’s enforcing its immigration laws.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., comments on immigration and Mitt Romney’s self-deportation policy.

The latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll shows that “white men were particularly critical of food-stamp spending. A full 44 percent of white males with college educations wanted food stamps cut; 41 percent of white men with some college education or less wanted the program cut. Each demographic was more likely than the national average to see fraud and loose standards as the cause of the hike in the food-stamp rolls.”
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Where do you think we should increase/decrease spending? Should the focus be on food stamps, buying locally produced food or exporting overseas?

The latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll shows that “white men were particularly critical of food-stamp spending. A full 44 percent of white males with college educations wanted food stamps cut; 41 percent of white men with some college education or less wanted the program cut. Each demographic was more likely than the national average to see fraud and loose standards as the cause of the hike in the food-stamp rolls.”

View it here.

Where do you think we should increase/decrease spending? Should the focus be on food stamps, buying locally produced food or exporting overseas?

“The email messages indicate that the filmmakers were allowed an unprecedented visit to a classified facility, so secret that its name is redacted in the released email. If this facility is so secret that the name cannot even be seen by the public, then why in the world would the Obama Administration allow filmmakers to tour it?”

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

The congressman believes a planned  movie on the Osama bin Laden raid was a creating a “potentially dangerous collaboration”  between Hollywood and the  CIA and Defense Department. 

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Is Congress getting dumber, or just more plainspoken?

Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level, according to a new Sunlight Foundation analysis of the Congressional Record using Capitol Words.
Of course, what some might interpret as a dumbing down of Congress, others will see as more effective communications. And lawmakers of both parties still speak over the heads of the average American, who reads at between at 8th and 9th grade level.
Today’s Congress collectively speaks at a 10.6 grade level, down from 11.5 in 2005.

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You asked for more charts! 

sunfoundation:

Is Congress getting dumber, or just more plainspoken?

Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level, according to a new Sunlight Foundation analysis of the Congressional Record using Capitol Words.

Of course, what some might interpret as a dumbing down of Congress, others will see as more effective communications. And lawmakers of both parties still speak over the heads of the average American, who reads at between at 8th and 9th grade level.

Today’s Congress collectively speaks at a 10.6 grade level, down from 11.5 in 2005.

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The Demographics of Gay Marriage
A 2011 study by the Pew Research Center, showed that Americans are sharply divided over whether the changes the American family - including the growing acceptance of same-sex couples - has undergone in the past half-century are good for America.Americans are generally divided into thirds, those who accept major social changes, those who reject it, and those who are tolerant but skeptical of it, the study showed. Those tolerant skeptics were most conflicted of the three groups when asked what impact more same-sex couples raising children had on American society. A little more than half said that same-sex couples raising children made no difference to society, 14 percent said it was good, and less than 30 percent thought it was bad for society.
Those in the other two groups were much less conflicted.
More than 80 percent of people who were likely to accept social change thought that more gay and lesbian couples raising children is either good for American society or made no difference. Of those who reject change, the vast majority (at nearly 90 percent of those surveyed) said that gay and lesbian couples raising children is bad for society. 
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The Demographics of Gay Marriage

A 2011 study by the Pew Research Center, showed that Americans are sharply divided over whether the changes the American family - including the growing acceptance of same-sex couples - has undergone in the past half-century are good for America.

Americans are generally divided into thirds, those who accept major social changes, those who reject it, and those who are tolerant but skeptical of it, the study showed. 

Those tolerant skeptics were most conflicted of the three groups when asked what impact more same-sex couples raising children had on American society. A little more than half said that same-sex couples raising children made no difference to society, 14 percent said it was good, and less than 30 percent thought it was bad for society.

Those in the other two groups were much less conflicted.

More than 80 percent of people who were likely to accept social change thought that more gay and lesbian couples raising children is either good for American society or made no difference. 

Of those who reject change, the vast majority (at nearly 90 percent of those surveyed) said that gay and lesbian couples raising children is bad for society. 

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Photo of the Day: Sen. Richard Lugar responds to a question outside of a voting location Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Greenwood, Ind. Lugar is being challenged by two-term state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
PHOTO: AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Photo of the Day: Sen. Richard Lugar responds to a question outside of a voting location Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Greenwood, Ind. Lugar is being challenged by two-term state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

PHOTO: AP Photo/Darron Cummings