POLL: With Poor Ratings on Handling Syria, Obama’s Approval Worst in Over a Year

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_5e6e446f0f.jpgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Barack Obama’s job approval rating flattened at an even 47-47 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, his lowest in more than a year, with more than half of Americans disapproving of his handling of the situation with Syria. The public by a 15-point margin is more apt to say Obama’s performance on Syria has weakened rather than strengthened U.S. global leadership, and six in 10 continue to oppose the missile strikes he urged.

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Navy Yard Shooting Hangs over Gun Control Push

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_c9e57605ae.jpgSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Gun control advocates making their last-minute preparations for a lobbying trip to Capitol Hill were shaken by the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. Nine months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that left 26 dead, including 20 children, many of those grieving families plan to return to Washington to try to jumpstart an issue that seems to have lost some of the urgency it had.

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Obama Blasts GOP Positions on Debt Ceiling, Sequester

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_657b39bdd0.jpgJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama continued his ongoing battle with Republicans Monday on how to best stimulate the still moderate economic recovery in a speech marking five years since the 2008 fiscal crisis. It was clear that the president opposes GOP lawmakers only agreeing to raising the debt ceiling by defunding the Affordable Care Act.  Otherwise, there are threats of a government shutdown.

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McCain Warns Against Government Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_f908b05d95.jpgMark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Disdain for the government doesn't mean you put it out of its misery. That was the message Arizona Sen. John McCain delivered Monday to fellow Republicans who seem intent on a government shutdown if they don't get their way on a short-term funding bill due on Oct. 1. Appearing on CNN’s New Day Monday, McCain argued, "I hope my colleagues in the House who believe we need to shut down the government will understand that that’s not want the American people want.  They hate government, but they don’t want it to stop functioning."

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Martha Coakley Wants to Try Again for Higher Office

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_80c7a3d05f.jpgAram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- If at first you don't succeed, run for governor. In 2010, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley famously ran for the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by the death of Edward Kennedy, seemingly thinking victory was hers for the taking. Instead, Coakley was upset by Republican Scott Brown in a special election, marking the first time a Massachusetts Democrat lost a Senate race in 50 years.

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