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Bernie Sanders: I'll decide on 2016 presidential run by March

- Associated Press

Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left.

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Obama approval rating at 20-month high

- The Washington Times

President Obama got a bout of good news ahead of the Christmas holiday with a new poll showing his approval rating at 48 percent - his highest rating in CNN/ORC polling since May 2013.

This Nov. 4, 2014, file photo shows Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., after voting in the borough of Staten Island in New York. Grimm won re-election this month, but he still faces a criminal investigation into possible campaign finance violations, as well as a 20-count indictment on tax fraud and other charges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Michael Grimm, NYC congressman, to plead guilty

- Associated Press

People familiar with plea negotiations say U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City plans to plead guilty to a federal tax evasion charge rather than go to trial next month.