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EARLIER ON THE FIX:
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Striking Chicago teachers have reached a tentative deal with the city to end the week-long standoff and send children back to school on Monday morning.
* President Obama runs about even with Mitt Romney in the latest New York Times/CBS News poll of probable voters, which shows the Democrat at 49 percent and the Republican at 46 percent.
* Obama is airing a Spanish-language TV ad in Florida featuring a Puerto Rican attorney praising the president’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court and noting Mitt Romney’s opposition to her. “Mitt Romney was opposed to Sotomayor. He offended me when he stated he would have voted against her nomination,” the attorney says in the ad. Obama also released a TV ad casting Romney as weak on China (Romney leveled a similar charge against the president in a spot released Thursday).
* Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) new TV ad says Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren is “being dishonest about who I am and what I stand for.” On Thursday, Warren released her first TV ad of the campaign attacking Brown. The Republican also released an ad touting his support for abortion rights, a spot that was blasted by the Warren camp and the pro-abortion rights group EMILY’s List.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Even more evidence of former president Bill Clinton’s widespread popularity: According to the New York Times/CBS News poll, two-thirds of voters say they have a favorable view of him while just 25 percent say the have a negative view of him. Clinton’s marks are as good as they have ever been in the 20 years since he first ran for president.
* Ending Spending Action Fund, a super PAC that mainly supports Republican candidates, endorsed Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) in the Ohio Senate race. The group pledged a six-figure independent expenditure commitment on his behalf and released a radio ad pitching Mandel as an experienced candidate.
* Just 13 (!) percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing — the lowest marks Gallup has ever measured this far into an election year.
* Former first lady Laura Bush will host a fundraiser for Romney at her home next week. Ann Romney will attend the event. Former president George W. Bush will not be there.
THE FIX MIX:
Jennifer Granholm on The Dating Game.
With Aaron Blake