1. PRESIDENTIAL SURGE

    Obama Approval Rises

    WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 23: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the payroll tax bill in the Oval Office December 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the capitol came to an agreement to extend the tax cuts which will stop a two percent increase in pay-roll taxes, prevent doctors from taking a cut in Medicare payments as well as extending unemployment benefits.  (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)

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    This isn’t what Republicans want to hear right now. More Americans now approve of President Obama’s job performance than disapprove, according to a new Gallup poll: 47 percent of Americans now approve of Obama’s job performance, a 5 percent boost since the Dec. 16-18 Gallup survey. Meanwhile, the number of Americans who disapprove of Obama’s job performance has gone down to 45 percent—a drop of 5 points.

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