March 29, 2011 |
With Kemba Walker and Connecticut headed to the Final Four after finishing ninth in the Big East, it's time to consider opening the tournament to everybody. … The regular season already has been rendered virtually meaningless, and quadrupling the size of the field to 256 teams, for instance, would add only one week to the tournament. … The regular season might benefit too because, with tournament bids guaranteed, coaches presumably would be more inclined to schedule nonconference games against quality opponents.
March 1, 2011 |
A stretch in which UCLA has won 12 of 14 games while posting victories over St. John's and Arizona was not enough to thrust the Bruins into the national rankings Monday. Apparently, there's no beating the perception that the Pacific 10 Conference is dreadful. "They're probably getting unfairly dinged by everyone around the country, and me as well, because the league is down," said George Schroeder, a columnist from the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard who did not include the Bruins in the Associated Press poll he submitted this week.
January 27, 2011 |
Most Americans said they had a positive reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech, according to the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, posted Thursday on the newspaper's website. Yet the poll was not all good news for the president. More Americans said they supported the Republican call to cut spending than Obama's proposed five-year freeze on discretionary domestic spending at current levels. A majority of Americans also threw cold water on whether there will be a political thaw after Republican and Democratic lawmakers crossed the aisle to sit with each other during the president's speech.
January 27, 2011 |
Republicans are viewed more favorably than unfavorably for the first time since 2005, while Democrats have improved their standing but are still below their time-tested levels, the USA Today/Gallup poll reported on Thursday. The findings describe a much more level playing field as Republicans and Democrats head into the 2012 presidential election cycle. According to the poll, 47% of Americans said they had a favorable view of the GOP compared to 43% who had a negative view, a significant turnaround.
December 23, 2010 |
As Washington policymakers consider stronger online privacy protections, a new poll has found that nearly 7 out of 10 Internet users don't think advertisers should be allowed to target them based on their Web-surfing habits. The use of behavioral targeting to deliver online ads has been drawing increasing criticism. The Federal Trade Commission this month backed the creation of a do-not-track mechanism for Web browsers, similar to the popular do-not-call registry designed to prevent telemarketing calls.
October 10, 2010
In all the Hollywood journalism flicks, is there a more famous one-liner than the one in "All the President's Men" when Hal Holbrook tersely directs Robert Redford to "Follow the money"? It's truer now than ever. Bruce Beattie reminds us of the judicial branch's role in off-the-charts political spending. Dan Wasserman turns up the heat on big "tea party" donors. And Gary Varvel burned the president for deficit spending ? tight in his own backyard tour. So much for the checks. On to the balances.
September 20, 2010 |
While the political world is fascinated by the growing conservative might that is shaking the Republican establishment, a poll released Monday shows that there is unhappiness brewing at the other end of the political spectrum as liberals are becoming more disenchanted with Democrats, whose control of Congress is being threatened in the midterm elections. The latest USA Today/Gallup poll shows that fewer than one in five of those surveyed approve of the job Congress is doing, statistically the same as the last few months.
September 17, 2010 |
A majority of Americans believe the Republican Party has become more conservative, but few say the shift is due to the "tea party" movement, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Thursday. The poll also found that three of every 10 Americans identified themselves as supporters of the movement, and 27% said they were opponents — results that were consistent with what Gallup found in four other polls this year. Taken before the latest tea-party movement victories in Republican primaries in Delaware and New York, but after successes in other states during the nominating season of this midterm election cycle, the latest poll tracks how Americans see the protest movement, which has energized Republicans while frightening established GOP leaders.
August 22, 2010
In an age in which everything is shoutfest fodder, is there any more emotionally charged issue than the Lower Manhattan relocation of a moderate Islamic cultural center that was first established before the World Trade Center? (Oh, OK, "ground zero mosque" is so much catchier.) Nine years on, cartoonists freely evoke 9/11 imagery that would've sparked an American-style fatwa back then. Rob Rogers let fly with a first-rate defense of the 1st Amendment. Mike Lester put provocative final words in the mouths of terrorism victims.