Americans rank fighting terror and economic growth as our nation's top priorities

Steve Goldstein --- Market Watch 

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The economy has improved so much people now consider fighting terror to be an equal priority as the nation’s wealth.

That’s according to a new study from Pew Research, which found that for the first time in five years, defending the U.S. against terrorism (76%) rivaled strengthening the economy (75%) as a top priority for Americans. Other priorities — jobs and education are tied at 67%, Social Security’s at 66%, and the budget deficit and health-care costs are at 64%. Bringing up the rear: money in politics, scientific research, global warming and global trade.

Bloomberg Politics explored the possibility of Sen. Rand Paul winning the Republican presidential primary in New Hampshire in a piece that shows how the Kentucky junior senator has won over voters who normally would not sit for a Republican.

story on Yahoo looks at the conservative advocacy group Heritage Foundation, which increasingly is arguing for a brand of conservative populism that is more willing to take on moneyed interests, including major banks and corporations.

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