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Rasmussen 2012 GOP Primary Poll

Here is the first poll conducted by Rasmussen for the 2012 Republican primary.

Sarah Palin: 64%
Mike Huckabee: 12%
Mitt Romney: 11%
Bobby Jindal: 4%
Charlie Crist: 2%
Tim Pawlenty: 1%

The results are far different from the three other poll taken, showing Romney the frontrunner followed by Huckabee then Palin. Considering the poll was taken the day after the election, should be taken into account as Palin is still very fresh in everyone’s memories. Plus, this is the first poll that includes some lesser known potential candidates such as Jindal and Pawlenty.

Palin is view most favorably among the potential candidates. 91% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Palin, that includes 65% who have a very favorable opinion of her. 81% have a favorable opinion of Romney, 80% of Huckabee, 40% of Jindal (39% don’t have an opinion) and 36% of Pawlenty (43% don’t have an opinion).

This national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Republican Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 5, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Byrd to Give Up Appropriations Chairmanship

Robert, Byrd, the oldest and longest serving U.S. Senator in the Chamber’s history will voluntarily give up his Chairmanship on the powerful Appropriations Committee. This ends speculation on Byrd’s fate on the Committee as many began to doubt his ability to manage the Committee given his failing health and age. Byrd is approaching 91. Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, 84, will take the gavel of the Appropriations Committee.

Inouye’s ascension to the chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee will set off a chain-reaction among other Senate panels. Inouye currently chairs the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee but will have to give up that post. Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is next in line on Commerce and could take over as chairman.

If Rockefeller takes the Commerce gavel, that means he has to give up his chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is next in line on that committee, and Democratic sources said she is interested in becoming chairwoman. Rockefeller’s office would not comment on his future plans.

Byrd, as the most senior Senator, will remain pro tempore of the Senate and thus third in line to the Presidency.

China Hacked White House Computers

Reports now say Chinese hackers, possibly sponsored by the Chinese government, hacked into White House computers. E-mails and information was stolen before government officials were able to fix the problem.

Earlier, reports said foreign entities also hacked into campaign computers of Barack Obama and John McCain. The Obama campaign suspected either the Russians or the Chinese.

This marks a new era in intelligence gathering and cyber attack. In the Georgian war, Russian hackers hacked Georgian government websites, essentially limiting the exchange of government information to the public. In a time where the vast amount of information and communication is transferred through the internet,defense against cyber attacks has become an increasing priority in American national security.

Bad Economic News

Job loss, unemployment higher, bad retail sales, Ford is cutting workforce. Here is a breakdown.

240,000 jobs were lost in the month of October, worse than expected. This brings the total job loss to 1.2 million for the year. Half of the total job loss occurred in the last three months, coinciding with the subprime mortgage crisis and the record drop in global markets.

Unemployment rose 0.4% in October to 6.5%, a 14-year high. In the last year, the number of people unemployed has increased by 2.8 million to 10.1 million.

Retailers report the worst sales since 1971 heading into the holiday season.

Ford reports a $129 million Q3 loss. Ford plans to cut about 2,000 white-collar jobs, this on the heels of the 15% cut in payroll this past year.

In essence, the next President has a full plate to chew on come January 20, 2009.