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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 05/04/2011

Morning Bits

Christie is up. Trump? Nope. “The real Republican presidential primary race is still months away, but for now New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appears to have the solidest support when likely primary voters are asked who they would definitely vote for. More primary voters say they would definitely vote against Donald Trump than for him.”

Nate Silver tells Democrats not to get their hopes up for an Obama bump. “In the parlor game to predict the magnitude of improvement in President Obama’s approval rating following the killing of Osama bin Laden, the weight of the evidence is with the skeptics so far. The poll receiving the most attention is a Pew Research/Washington Post survey. It shows a 9-point improvement in Mr. Obama’s approval rating — to 55 percent from 46 percent — based on polling conducted yesterday. Other polls show more marginal gains for Mr. Obama, however.”

Maybe Obama’s not getting a bounce because the public is giving thumbs up to the military instead. Gallup reports: “When Americans are asked how much credit they would give to Barack Obama, George W. Bush, the CIA, and the U.S. military for finding and killing bin Laden, the U.S. military and the CIA emerge as the big winners in the public’s eyes. Nearly 9 of 10 (89%) say the military deserves ‘a great deal of credit,’ while 62% say the same about the CIA. Americans are more reserved in giving credit to President Obama. Thirty-five percent say he deserves a great deal of credit and another 36% say he deserves ‘a moderate amount’ of credit. More than a quarter say he does not deserve much or any credit at all.”

Former Treasury secretary Jim Baker tell Congress to cut up the credit card. “The former Treasury secretary, a pillar of the GOP and financial establishments, asked me rather forcefully to tell ‘my friends’ on the Hill to insist on real, enforceable spending caps. I expressed a bit of surprise at his Tea Party-like militancy. Baker was unabashed: ‘Here’s my slogan: Don’t renew the credit card!’ I asked whether I could quote him on that. ‘Damn sure.’”

Don’t give up on civility quite yet. “House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said she called former President George W. Bush on Tuesday to congratulate him on the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. Following a classified briefing on the operation to take down bin Laden, Pelosi told reporters that she called the former president earlier in the day to ‘congratulate him and thank him for the leadership role he had played in this quest over the years.’ ” If only Obama were as gracious.

If it were up to Mitt Romney, there’d be a “one Utah candidate” rule in the GOP primaries. “Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman took his first step toward a presidential run Tuesday, creating a federal political action committee that will allow him to travel and raise money in the weeks before he’s expected to formally announce a bid. “ As far as liabilities go, isn’t ObamaCare worse than serving as ambassador to China? We’ll find out.

Could the administration finally be wising up on the new Palestinian partnership? “US: Hamas mourning of bin Laden death is ‘outrageous.’ ” It does sort of make Bibi Netanyahu’s point: “The agreement between Abu Mazen and Hamas deals a tough blow to the peace process. How can peace be reached with a government in which half of it calls to destroy Israel and even praises mass-murderer Osama bin Laden?”

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