In one year from today, American go to the polls to elect the next President. In the latest National Journal polls, asked what outcome they would prefer in the 2012 election, 44% of registered voters said they would like to see a Republican elected, while 42% want Obama to win a second term – a split within the survey's margin of error.
Asked if Republicans should retain control of the House, voters tilted slightly in the other direction, with 41% saying yes, and 43% saying they would prefer Democrats to recapture the majority – also within the poll's error margin.
A year away from the election, do voters trust either party? CNN senior political analyst and National Journal's Editorial Director Ron Brownstein breaks down the results with Carol Costello. Brownstein also weighs in on the latest controversy facing 2012 GOP candidate Herman Cain, who faces sexual assault allegations from two former employees.
This week, CNN is taking an in-depth look at Occupy Wall Street. "We are the 99%" is a familiar battle cry of the Occupy Wall Street crowd. But when you break it down by class and color, some claim the group is not exactly representative of the real 99% of people who live in the U.S.
James Paterson, professor at Lehigh Universtiy, talks to Christine Romans about the diversity of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The World Economic Forum releases it's annual Global Gender Gap Report for 2011 today. It measures the inequality between men and women with political, educational and economic opportunities. No country has yet to achieve gender equality, although research points to empowering women being the key to unlocking potential and stimulating economies.
Among the headlines this year: Women hold less than 20% of all national decision-making positions; India ranks lowest on gender parity of all the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). USA continues to improve on the list and UAE ranks highest in the Arab World with fast growth seen in Saudi Arabia.
American Morning talks to Saadia Zahidi, the Senior Director of the World Economic Forum, about what this means for gender equality around the world.
As the deadline quickly approaches for the debt Super Committee to enact $4 trillion in deficit in tax cuts, 100 bipartisan members of Congress have signed on to a letter in support of the committee's substantial proposals.
The idea behind the letter is that 100 lawmakers from both parties will give the debt committee members support (a "fall guy") and protections from extremists on each side of the political aisle who may attacks the committee's actions. The members who signed the letter are also offering support to the Super Committee if they choose this path.
Two representatives who signed the bipartisan letter, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI), talk to American Morning.
MF Global, a financial firm run by former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, has filed for bankruptcy. The firm filed for Chapter 11 after bad bets on Europe helped to put the company $39.7 billion in debt.
Also, according to government agencies, the company may have millions of dollars missing from its balance sheets.
This morning on American Morning, Bloomberg View contributor and author of "Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World" William Cohan explains how Corzine has a history of making bad bets and what this could mean for global markets.
Here's a reason to smile this morning!
A new study shows that people who report feeling happy don't just live better – they may actually live longer.
CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen explains this morning on American Morning.