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Gallup: Obama poll numbers spike after Nobel win

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WASHINGTON — President Obama’s approval ratings hit their highest level in months, Gallup Poll says, in the days after the president unexpectedly received the Nobel Peace Prize last Friday.

Obama received a 56 percent job approval rating in the wake of the prize, compared to a “term-low” 50 percent approval rating just last week. Gallup says 53 percent of Americans surveyed said they supported the president in the three days before the Nobel announcement.

Researchers say the spike in support comes “exclusively” from Independents and Republicans, and is not expected to last.  Republican approval of the president shot up from12 percent to 20 percent, and support from Independents jumped from 46 percent to 55 percent over the weekend following the win. The pollsters add that support among Democrats has not changed since the award—with 83 percent of people who say they are members of Obama’s party approving of his job performance.

Change in Obama Job Approval Rating, Oct. 3-5 vs. Oct. 9-11, 2009

Gallup notes that the poll represents a positive change for Obama, since support for the president has been stagnant or declining over the past few months. The president’s approval ratings have been below 60 percent since mid-July and below 55 percent since early September.

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The survey noted: “It is unclear, however, whether Obama will be able to sustain the positive momentum of the past few days, especially after the president’s and public’s attention turns away from his surprise Nobel Peace Prize win back to the legislative debate over health insurance reform and the administration’s decision about what to do next in Afghanistan. Indeed, after Obama’s approval ratings increased in Friday and Saturday interviewing, Obama’s support in Sunday’s polling was slightly lower.”

As reported by Raw Story last week, some progressives were relatively restrained in their praise for Obama’s selection as the Nobel winner.

Renard Sexton, the international columnist from the progressive blog fivethirtyeight, characterized the win as a “bittersweet moment” for Obama’s liberal supporters. “Many have criticized the administration’s foreign policy for moving to the center, particularly on war issues, and the Peace Prize designation takes a great deal of air out of that balloon,” he wrote.

Gallup pollsters interviewed 1532 Americans over age 18 on cell phones and land lines between October 9th and 11th for the study.

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New biographer claims she knows how Kim Jong Un will die

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A new biography about Kim Jong Un by Anna Fifield is uncovering many of the unique moments in the childhood of the North Korean dictator. But one piece that isn't included in the book is her prediction for how the leader will die.

In a CNN interview with Brian Todd, Fifield explained that Kim's chain-smoking, drinking and consumption of rich and fatty foods would likely be his undoing. She doesn't anticipate he'll ever have a coup d'etat, but he could probably have a heart attack.

Other shocking observations she made include that Kim's parents had to bring in children so that he would have someone to play with him, effectively meaning his "friends" were paid for.

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Black Republican political commentator Shermichael Singleton was part of a panel discussing the Phoenix police department that violently arrested the parents of a little girl who walked out of a dollar store with a doll.

The incident occurred months ago, but only now the footage is being released by police, revealing the way the family was treated.

Democratic strategist Joel Payne seemed appalled at the police in the video and the mark that likely left on the children who experienced it.

"I think about that young man talking about his child, and this is their first interaction with police," he said, noting Father's Day. "And that is the life, that's the life lesson that that child is being taught is that in that moment, that police officer was trying to hurt her and to hurt her parents. That's unacceptable."

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US attacks Russia’s power grid — but Trump was kept in the dark about it

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The New York Times is reporting that the United States is cyber attacking Russia's electric power grid and other targets—and that President Donald Trump is being kept out of the loop.

"The American strategy has shifted more toward offense, officials say, with the placement of potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system at a depth and with an aggressiveness that had never been tried before."

Trump has not been briefed on the operation because of “the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials.”

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