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world lead

July 21st, 2014
06:02 PM ET

CNN poll: Favorable views of Russia drop following Malaysian airliner crash

Washington (CNN) – Most Americans say Russia is directly or indirectly responsible for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine, and unfavorable opinions of Russia have surged, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International survey conducted Friday through Sunday also indicates that nearly nine in 10 say that Moscow and pro-Russian rebels that control the area where Flight 17 crashed last week will try to cover something up in any international investigation.

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politics lead

June 25th, 2014
04:45 PM ET

Democrats likely swung Mississippi GOP contest

(CNN) – To clinch the GOP nomination, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's backers turned to Democrats, especially African-Americans who make up 37% of the state's population.

Cochran's supporters actively reminded voters of the senator's work to secure federal funds for programs relied upon by African-Americans, like Head Start and certain medical centers in the state.

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politics lead

February 11th, 2014
05:05 PM ET

Christie: Investigations won't 'curtail' agenda

Chicago (CNN) – His administration is facing multiple investigations, but Chris Christie says he's moving forward.

"Time will tell, but I believe that we are focused on the things we need to be focused on," the Republican governor of New Jersey said Tuesday afternoon at a question and answer session at the Economic Club of Chicago, his first public appearance since his administration was rocked by scandal.

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June 26th, 2013
06:43 PM ET

Polls: Weiner gaining ground in NYC mayoral battle

(CNN) – Politics is full of second chances.

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, now Rep. Sanford, is living proof.

Two new polls suggest that former Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York may follow in Sanford's footsteps in winning political redemption.

Weiner was in his seventh term in Congress representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens when he resigned in 2011 after being caught and admitting to sending lewd messages to women via social media.

But last month Weiner returned to campaign politics, announcing a bid for New York City mayor. And two surveys of New York City voters released in the past 24 hours indicate Weiner basically tied in the battle for the Democratic mayoral nomination.

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