As Congress takes a vacation, Americans still not big fans of lawmakers

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    Congress is getting out of town for a week-long Memorial Day recess — or, as they put it, working back in the home district. There is very little sign that Americans are getting more positive about Congress. And although Republicans are in control, even they are not any more positive about Congress.

    Meanwhile, President Obama may be a lame duck, but he’s holding on to pretty solid job approval and favorability numbers.

    In his commencement address to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy this week, the president said that climate change poses “an immediate risk to our national security.” Despite exhortations like this, we just don’t see the American public getting that worried about it.

    Finally, new data measures what residents in other countries think about U.S. leadership. Interestingly, the results show that residents in Africa are the most positive about U.S. leadership, while residents in Asia are the least positive.

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