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Morning Examiner: Scandals start to take toll on Obama’s agenda

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll,Morning Examiner

Just last month, Quinnipiac University found that most Americans approved of President Obama’s performance as president, 48 to 45 percent. Today, Obama now has a net negative approval rating, 45 to 49 percent. And it appears the IRS scandal is driving Obama’s fall. From Quinnipiac:

The president’s biggest drop is among independent voters, who give him a negative 37 – 57 percent score, compared to a negative 42 – 48 percent May 1. … Americans are divided 49 – 47 percent on whether Obama is honest and trustworthy, down from 58 – 37 percent, the last time Quinnipiac University asked the question September 1, 2011. … Of the three controversies, 44 percent of voters see the IRS probe as the most important, with 24 percent citing Benghazi and 15 percent picking the AP records seizure.

Independent prosecutor wanted
Americans are so skeptical of Obama’s integrity on the IRS scandal that by an overwhelming 76-17 percent, including 63-30 percent among Democrats, they support appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the issue.

No popular agenda to turn to

Voters still say dealing with the economy and unemployment are higher priorities than investigating Obama’s scandals by a 73-22 percent margin, but Obama has no popular economic agenda to turn to. His biggest second-term legislative priority, giving citizenship to illegal immigrants, consistently ranks dead last among voter priorities.

Worse for Obama, his scandals are also undermining America’s trust in the federal government. Quinnipiac reports, “Only 3 percent of voters trust the federal government to do the right thing almost all the time, while 12 percent say they trust it most of the time; 47 percent say some of the time and 36 percent hardly ever.”

The entire case for granting currently illegal immigrants citizenship rests on trusting the federal government to stop illegal immigration in the future. Thanks to Obama’s scandals, that case is now harder to make.

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The Washington Post, Tea Party groups mobilizing against Common Core education: Tea Party groups over the past few weeks have suddenly and successfully pressured Republican governors to reassess their support for a rare bipartisan initiative backed by President Obama to overhaul the nation’s public schools.

Lefty Playbook
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Sarah Kliff makes the White House case for why their will be competition on Obamacare exchanges.
Greg Sargent warns liberals not to underestimate Ted Cruz.

Righty Playbook
Avik Roy says Obamacare is driving California’s health insurance rates up, not down.
Rich Lowry on the Lois Lerner State.
Jonah Goldberg on Kevin Williamson’s new book “The End Is Near.”

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