The Company Memo: Friday, January 18, 2013

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By msnbc staff
US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama sheds tears while talking about his grandmother Madelyn Dunham who raised him and passed...
US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama sheds tears while talking about his grandmother Madelyn Dunham who raised him and passed...
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On this Friday ahead of the inauguration, we’re taking a look at President Obama’s second term goals and his ability to push his new agenda through Congress. According to our latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, his popularity remains relatively high with a 52% job approval rating—but most Americans have a sour outlook on the future. Writes “First Read:”

“According to our new NBC/WSJ poll, just 35% of adults think the nation is headed in the right direction (down six points from last month); more than seven in 10 are dissatisfied with the current state of the economy; and 60% believe the coming year will be a time to hold back and save because of harder times ahead.”


We’ll talk it over with Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.

Plus, follow Chris Jansing on Twitter @jansingco this weekend…she’s headed to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration! Brent Colburn from the Presidential Inaugural Committee will be on today’s show to talk about the events around town this weekend.

President Obama’s new gun control plan was the talk of Thursday’s United States Conference of Mayors, with the New York Times reporting that a majority of the mayors present supported Obama’s new initiatives.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will take the floor during Friday’s meeting.

And Vice Chairman of reputation.com and Chairman of Fifteen Minutes Public Relations, Howard Bragman, joins us to talk about the controversy surrounding Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te’o and disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

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The Company Memo: Friday, January 18, 2013

Updated