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Obama Behind Congressional Dems’ Sinking Ship: CNN Poll.


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By Cynthia Fagen

The Democrats have lost the lead in next year’s Congressional mid-term elections and President Barack Obama and the rocky healthcare rollout may be to blame, a new CNN poll revealed Thursday. 

Republicans have gained a 13-point swing in the polls in the past two months, when Democrats held a healthy 50-42 percent command. That was a likely result after congressional Republicans got negative reviews during a bitter fight over the federal government shutdown and the debt ceiling.

However, a month later, Republicans eked out a 49-47 percent lead. The new CNN survey, conducted in mid-December, in which 1,035 people were polled by phone, showed Republicans had widened the gap with a 49-44 percent edge.

That changeover follows the public outcry over the disastrous HealthCare.gov rollout and the controversy concerning some insurance policy cancellations due to Affordable Care Act deadline complications.

Republicans have a 17-seat advantage in the House and Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate.

Another GOP advantage is the president’s plummeting popularity with the public. Fifty-five percent of registered voters say that they are more likely to vote for a congressional candidate who opposes Obama than one who supports him.

“Virtually all the movement toward the GOP has come among men,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “Fifty-four percent of female voters chose the Democratic candidate in October; 53 percent pick the Dem now. But among male voters, support for Democratic candidates has gone from 46 percent in October to just 35 percent now.”

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Postal Service Lost Millions to Worker Kickbacks, Bribes.


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By Cynthia Fagen

More than $13 million was awarded to a U.S. Postal Service contractor’s two companies after he paid “cash and noncash bribes” to vehicle maintenance facility workers, according a probe by the Inspector GeneralThe Washington Free Beacon reported Friday.

The report cited a total of 11 instances of workers accepting bribes, kickbacks, or steering contracts to family members. The names of the workers and the companies they fraudulently dealt with were redacted.

USPS officials said the bribes were a result of the lack of clearly defined oversight responsibilities.

“As a result, Postal Service agreements with suppliers completing vehicle repairs and maintenance are at risk of fraud, including potential conflicts of interest,” the IG said, and blamed higher management for not performing periodic audits.

The IG also noted that nearly $19 million is wasted annually on inefficient and redundant methods of recording employees’ daily work hours at the agency’s Rural Delivery Operations, The Washington Examiner reported.

Almost 70 percent of workers want the timekeeping system automated to “improve operational oversight and supervisor productivity,” the reported cited. USPS management agreed to develop a new automated timekeeping process.

The postal service ended the 2013 fiscal year $5 billion in the red.

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