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News Summary: Obama approval ratings remain steady

The Associated Press

NO SHIFT: President Barack Obama appears generally unaffected by a recovering economy and a list of high-profile controversies. Recent polls show his overall approval rating remains around 50 percent

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: The president is getting no significant uptick in approval from gains in housing, jobs and the stock market. Likewise, he has so far seen no downtick from the recent storms over the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS and a leak investigation that swept up the phone records of Associated Press journalists.

CANCELING OUT: The data suggests the economy could be insulating Obama from the immediate troubles confronting his administration. The economy remains the top issue with the public, but it is not attracting the attention it once did.