- Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
- Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
- GOP: Environmental rules keeping agents from accessing border
- John Kerry: Millions displaced by religious fighting in 2013
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia’s gay marriage ban
- White House says Russia ‘losing’ war in Ukraine
- Hamas turns to North Korea for weapons deal, Iran for money
- Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
- U.N. rights chief: Flight MH17 downing possible war crime
- Attack on park in Gaza war kills 10, mostly children
ZOGBY: President Obama’s weekly report card (Dec. 3-9)
Question of the Day
Pollster John Zogby grades the president's week and how its events affect him and his agenda.
"Another good week for the president. His job approval is at 53 percent in the latest Zogby Poll, and 50 percent of U.S. voters are optimistic about the next four years.
"Substantially more voters trust Mr. Obama on the budget and fiscal cliff crisis than trust Republicans in Congress, and a solid majority feel that the president and Congress have a mandate to act on the president's agenda.
"To cap off this good week, unemployment numbers showed strength with new-job growth at an unexpected level of 146,000 and the monthly unemployment rate dipping to 7.7 percent.
"Chinks in the Republicans' armor of the no-tax-increase pledge continue to show, and the president has the stronger hand. Still no deal, but it is beginning to look more and more as if there will be one."
Last week's grade: A
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