What we’re reading: Friday, January 18, 2013

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By Rick Bosh
US President Barak Obama responds to a question from the news media during a press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA 14...
US President Barak Obama responds to a question from the news media during a press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA 14...
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The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows President Obama’s approval holding steady above the 50% mark just days before his second inauguration. The poll shows the president maintaining a strong connection with the American people while still being seen as unable to work effectively with Congress.

In today’s opinion pages: Charles Krauthammer maps out a strategy for House Republicans stuck in the same political fights with President Obama and a Democratic Senate majority. The New York Times’ David Brooks believes that while a Grand Bargain may be out of reach right now, there are small steps lawmakers can take to start rebuilding trust in Washington.

Senior White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett defends her boss’s record of hiring women for key administration positions during an interview with Politico’s Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei. Jarrett argues that while women may not be in a golf foursome or pick-up basketball games, they are still a big part of the most important policy conversations.

What we're reading: Friday, January 18, 2013

Updated