Kerry unimpressed with Rodman as diplomat

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* Down, Then Up: President Obama's approval rating is back up to 49 percent after taking a recent tumble, according to Gallup.

* Don't Quit Your Day Job: Secretary of State John Kerry didn't appear to think too highly of Dennis Rodman's recent trip to North Korea. "Dennis Rodman was a great basketball player," Kerry said in an interview. "And as a diplomat, he is a great basketball player. And that’s where we’ll leave it."

* No More Tours: The White House has canceled tours until further notice because the the federal spending cuts known as the sequester.

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* Kissinger hospitalized: Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger was hospitalized after falling in his home. He is expected to be released today.

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