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Lydia Saad reports for Gallup: "President Barack Obama appears to be slightly more popular with Americans at the start of his second 100 days in office than he was, on average, during his first 100. Gallup Poll Daily tracking from May 7-9 finds 66% of Americans approving of how he is handling his job, compared with an average 63% from January through April."

Scott Wilson and Anne E. Kornblut write in The Washington Post: "President Obama will travel to Egypt next month to deliver his promised address to the Muslim world, culminating a long and politically sensitive selection process by choosing as his venue an Arab nation governed by an autocratic U.S. ally who faces strong internal Islamist opposition."

Andrew Taylor writes for the Associated Press: "With the economy performing worse than hoped, revised White House figures point to deepening budget deficits, with the government borrowing almost 50 cents for every dollar it spends this year. The deficit for the current budget year will rise by $89 billion to above $1.8 trillion — about four times the record set just last year."

Matt Apuzzo and Brett J. Blackledge write for the Associated Press: "Counties suffering the most from job losses stand to receive the least help from President Barack Obama's plan to spend billions of stimulus dollars on roads and bridges, an Associated Press analysis has found."

Stephen Labaton writes in the New York Times: "President Obama’s top antitrust official this week plans to restore an aggressive enforcement policy against corporations that use their market dominance to elbow out competitors or to keep them from gaining market share. The new enforcement policy would reverse the Bush administration’s approach, which strongly favored defendants against antitrust claims. It would restore a policy that led to the landmark antitrust lawsuits against Microsoft and Intel in the 1990s."

Alec MacGillis writes in The Washington Post: "On some issues, such as tax policy, Obama's invocation of pragmatism shrewdly frames an egalitarian agenda. On some social issues, such as stem cell research, pragmatism means settling on a middle course to avoid distracting battles on lesser priorities; and on thorny questions such as how to handle detained terrorism suspects, pragmatism means a search for expedient solutions that can seem at odds with the president's principled rhetoric."

Joseph Williams writes in the Boston Globe: "While the inauguration of the first black president has lessened racial tensions for most Americans, it has set off a wave of violence on the white supremacist fringe, with anti-hate groups attributing six recent killings - including the ambush last month of three Pittsburgh police officers and the fatal shootings last month of two Florida sheriff's deputies - in part to anger over President Obama's election."

Sally Quinn writes in The Washington Post that Michelle Obama's arms are "transformational. Her arms are representative of a new kind of woman: young, strong, vigorous, intelligent, accomplished, sexual, powerful, embracing and, most of all, loving."

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 11, 2009; 2:16 PM ET
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Ye gods, enough with Sally Quinn's shallow cultural observations. Michelle Obama's arms do not have to symbolize ANYTHING. Good grief.

Posted by: herzliebster | May 11, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes an arm is just an arm.

Posted by: fletc3her | May 11, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: dickdata | May 11, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

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