1. The 48 Percent

    Americans Trust Obama on Economy

    US President Barack Obama arrives for  the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse of the National Mall December 6, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama and others attended the event which included entertainment before the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.  AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    John Boehner won't be happy about this one. A new poll released Friday revealed that 48 percent of Americans trust Obama to come up with solutions to current economic problems, compared to just 32 percent who trust congressional Republicans to do the same. And they have plans for it too: 75 percent of respondents said that families earning above $250,000 per year should have higher taxes, and about the same percentage also advocated taxes and regulations should be reduced overall. Just one third thought cutting spending on services like Medicaid would be a good idea.

    Congressional Republicans get less love.

    Political columnists Michael Tomasky and David Frum discuss what tax-rate deductions could do for the President.

    Read it at The New York Times