1. SINKING

    Obama Approval Falls Below 40%

    WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 01: U.S. President Barack Obama looks on during a meeting withIraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki shakes in the Oval Office at the White House November 1, 2013 in Washington, DC.  Al-Maliki was expected to request additional U.S. assistance in battling a rising wave of violence in Iraq.  (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

    Pool

    Well, that hurts. In the latest Gallup daily tracking poll, only 39 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s work in the White House, and 53 percent say they disapprove. That number places Obama one percentage point away from his lowest ever, 38 percent, back in 2011. The botched rollout of the president’s health-care reform website and the weeks of negativity have taken a toll on an approval rating that was hovering in the 50s after his reelection.

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