A survey released by Gallup on Wednesday found 51 percent of people had an unfavorable view of the movement — four points higher than 2011. Another 33 percent look at it in favorable terms.
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"We smuggled it into the country, basically,” the chief technology officer said.
Paul Teller will no longer serve as head of House conservative caucus.
"Political repression is not the way to respond," a spokesman said.
Michelle Obama will have a new spokeswoman next year, the first lady's office announced on Wednesday.
After almost two and a half years with the first lady, Hannah August is leaving her job in the East Wing at the end of the year.
John Earnest said the controversies were "far less important" than Mandela's legacy.
The party's approval rating is at 32 percent, up 4 points from October, according to Gallup.
Fifty-nine percent of registered voters think calls should not be allowed.
"Nelson Mandela taught us trust is possible," Biden said at National Cathedral.
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The House is likely to vote on the plan Thursday.