Quinnipiac University (Hartford, CT)
Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd trails former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, a likely Republican challenger 48 – 39 percent in the 2010 Senate race, but he is inching up in his job approval to a negative 42 – 52 percent approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
ABC News (USA)
In a primetime news conference last night, President Barack Obama seemed to back off his previously urgent August deadline for Congress to pass a healthcare reform bill. He stated, “I won’t sign a bill that doesn’t reduce health care inflation so that families, as well as government, are saving money. I’m not going to sign a bill that I don’t think will work.”
The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
Yesterday Senator Lindsey Graham announced his support for SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor, making him the first Republican on the Judiciary Committee to do so. The committee is scheduled to vote on Sotomayor next Tuesday followed by the full Senate, which should decide before the start of the August 7 recess.
Associated Press (USA)
Today House Republican Whip Eric Cantor said that he doubts that a healthcare bill will pass Congress before the August recess. Cantor said that while Republicans believe that something needs to be done to reform healthcare in America he said that they need to, “make sure we don’t rush to judgment, make sure we don’t just try to get something passed.”