CNN/ORC poll: Obama’s approval rating dips below 50 percent

March 18, 2013

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Obama's Approval Rating Fallls Below 50; GOP Unpopular: President Obama's approval rating has fallen below 50 percent for the first time since September of 2012, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey. Forty-seven percent of Americans approve of the job the president is doing, compared to 50 percent who disapprove. The survey also shows that the Republican Party's brand continues to struggle, with 54 percent saying they hold an unfavorable view of the party, compared to just 38 percent who who said they hold a favorable view.

* More On Menendez: Dominican police said Monday that three women were paid to lie about having sex for money with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).

* Carmona For Governor? Nope. 2012 Democratic Senate nominee Richard Carmona won't run for governor of Arizona in 2014. "I’m not ruling out seeking elected office in the future, but right now isn’t the right time," he said. The former surgeon general with strong cross-party appeal would have been a top get for Democrats in the GOP-leaning state.

* Priebus Versus Steele: There's an escalating war of public words between current Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and his predecessor, Michael Steele. “I won, and he didn’t,” Steele said in an MSNBC interview which you can check out below.

Call Me Maybe: David Plouffe, Obama's former campaign manager, says he wouldn't run former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's campaign for president if she makes a 2016 bid, because "I’m done with that." But Plouffe still take her call -- "even if it’s at 3 a.m.," he noted.

Arizona Case Appears To Divides High Court: Conservative Supreme Court justices appeared sympathetic to an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship to vote, while the Court's liberal justices suggested the law could be problematic. A decision on the case is expected by this summer.

Smoot To Majority PAC: Julianna Smoot, Obama's former deputy campaign manager, is joining the board of directors at a super PAC aimed at electing Democratic Senate candidates. She'll work with the Senate team on "outreach and development," according to a release from the Senate Majority PAC.

THE FIX MIX:

Some serious hops.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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