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President Barack Obama speaks to members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The first family is in Hawaii for their annual holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Perhaps the holiday trip to Hawaii was what President Obama needed

Two new polls show President Obama's approval rating remains below 50 percent, but that it's ticked back up after plummeting in the wake of a string of terrible news for, and missteps by, the administration, notably the botched rollout of his health care law and new revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.

** FILE ** In this March 28, 2012, photo, former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas appears at a town hall meeting in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Ron Paul: Raising minimum wage hurts the poorest

Former Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, said in his weekly column that "raising the minimum wage actually harms those at the bottom of the income ladder" and raising it by "government decree" "appeals to those who do not understand economics."

GUNNING FOR A RUN: Rep. Steve King of Iowa takes Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (right), a prospective Republican presidential candidate, on a pheasant hunt in Mr. King's home state, which will decide early winners and losers. (Associated Press photographs)

12-year-old drug smuggler reignites immigration debate

The U.S. Border Patrol earlier this month arrested a 12-year-old illegal immigrant smuggling 80 pounds of marijuana from Mexico into Texas, reigniting a debate over controversial comments made by a Republican congressman earlier this year about children's involvement in the cross-border drug trade.