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The 114th Congress that convenes Tuesday will count more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white and male in the Republican-controlled House and Senate. (credit: Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)

Poll: 58 Percent Of Americans Say US Needs Third Political Party

A majority of Americans (58 percent) say the U.S. needs a third political party because the existing Republican and Democratic parties are doing “such a poor job” representing the people.

09/24/2014

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was interrupted on the Senate floor Monday by anti-torture protesters demanding and chanting for prosecutions from details uncovered in the CIA torture report. 

The demonstrators made entry as visitors to the Senate floor and began shouting “U.S. torture, it’s official, prosecute now!” as they were quickly muted and removed from the room. Durbin immediately ceased speaking until the chants of “prosecute now” were heard from outside the Senate floor. 

Eleven of the protesters were arrested by Capitol Police as other visitors to the Senate gallery were warned that more outbursts would lead to their arrest, “You’re here as a guest of the United States Senate.” 

This comes just days after two anti-torture protestors were arrested at the Virginia home of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Twenty prisoners, many in prison jumpsuits, walked onto his McLean property Saturday to mark the 14th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, Reuters reports. 

Additional protestors went to the home of CIA Director John Brennan. 

Two members who refused to leave the premises by police were arrested on misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct charges, said police.
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Gallup: Trust In US Federal Government To Handle International Issues Hits Record-Low

A new Gallup poll finds that Americans’ trust in the federal government to handle international problems has fallen to a record-low of 43 percent, with only 40 percent expressing confidence in Washington’s ability to handle domestic problems.

09/10/2014

The Internal Revenue Service paid $2.8 million in bonuses plus thousands of hours of paid time-off to 2,800 of its employees who had been disciplined for misconducts such as late or non-payment, misuse of travel cards, and even fraud, internal government investigators say. (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Gallup: 52 Percent Of Americans Say Federal Income Taxes ‘Too High’

As the April 15 tax deadline passes, more than half of Americans say that their federal taxes are too high and the lowest percentage since 2001 say they’re paying a fair amount.

04/15/2014

Nearly one-third of Millennials who have left their childhood religion cited anti-gay teachings as a major factor, with 70 percent of young Americans agreeing that religious groups are alienating their generation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Poll: 70 Percent Of US Millennials Say Religious Groups ‘Alienating’ Youth

Nearly one-third of Millennials who have left their childhood religion cited anti-gay teachings as a major factor, with 70 percent of young Americans agreeing that religious groups are alienating their generation.

03/03/2014

File photo of a voter registration sign. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Poll: Republican Political Affiliation At Its Lowest Point In 25 Years

A recently conducted poll indicates that the number of Americans choosing to identify themselves as Republicans is at a record low.

01/08/2014

The majority of Americans believe that the Obama Administration is “mostly hiding something” regarding their knowledge of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe Obama Administration ‘Hiding Something’ On Benghazi Attacks

The majority of Americans believe that the Obama Administration is “mostly hiding something” regarding their knowledge of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

06/07/2013

The vast majority of Americans are highly pessimistic about the values held in the U.S. and the direction that the country is headed.(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Poll: Vast Majority Of Americans Have Negative View Of Country’s Moral Values

The vast majority of Americans are highly pessimistic about the values held in the U.S. and the direction that the country is headed.

05/22/2013

President Barack Obama calls a volunteer from a campaign office in Chicago, Ill., on Election Day, on Nov. 6, 2012. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Registered Independent: ‘A Complete Vacuum Of Leadership’ Under Obama

Whether they chose President Barack Obama or Republican nominee Mitt Romney, many Louisiana voters say more political cooperation is needed but unlikely.

11/06/2012

Barack Obama (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)

Opinion: Obama Has No Accomplishments To Tout On The Campaign Trail

Obama would serve the country better if he quit the name-calling, went back home, and actually accomplished something for this nation.

07/17/2012