This Week in Washington - January 20, 2012


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The House reconvened fully late Tuesday. The Senate is still in pro forma session, fully reconvening next Monday (23rd). As President Obama prepares to give his State of the Union Address next Tuesday (24th), a new Washington Post-ABC News poll indicates a divided electorate on the President’s performance with respect to job creation: 48 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s performance on jobs, while 48 percent of Americans disapprove. The same poll showed that a record 84 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing....


Iran. Amidst global tension over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the Chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, headed to Israel Thursday. U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said the visit is related to ongoing bilateral coordination and is a reflection of Washington’s “unshakable commitment to Israel’s security.” Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the U.S. military is “fully prepared” to deal with any Iranian effort to attempt to close the Strait of Hormuz....

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