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Late Returns: Economic Gravity Means The Osama Bounce Could Be Brief

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First Posted: 05/04/11 07:22 PM ET Updated: 07/04/11 06:12 AM ET

As it turns out, sending Osama bin Laden to his watery grave is a great political move.

The most recent New York Times poll sees Obama on the bounce: approval rating up 11 points, from 46 percent to 57 percent, his "highest number since the summer of 2009."

But Dave Weigel dives into the internals, and sitting right there is the economic yang to the Osama bin yin:

The pollster asked whether voters "approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy." That number has fallen since April, from 38 percent to 34 percent. Disapproval has fallen, too, from 57 percent to 55 percent, as the number of people with no opinion -- possibly dazzled by the OBL news -- has doubled.

For more on the polling from HuffPost's Mark Blumenthal, click here.

Everybody is pretty happy over the news that they won't be sharing their future with Osama bin Laden. But it's hard for most people to actually visualize a future -- let alone plan for one -- without having a steady job and the income it provides. Real talk.

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Former President Jimmy Carter says Jon Huntsman is "very attractive to me personally." "Great! Thanks a lot for that," says the Jon Huntsman campaign, in my imagination. [Taegan Goddard's Political Wire]

South Carolina GOP operative Bob McAlister on tomorrow's exciting GOP debate: ""It's like a beauty contest where all the women are ugly. ... It's just mind-boggling that we're this far along in the political silly season and there's no one of major stature that appears to be interested so far." Please note: we're really not that far along in the campaign season, it's just that everyone continues to wrongly insist that it's already begun. [Real Clear Politics]

Sarah Palin is mad at the White House for "pussyfooting" on providing her with the snuff Polaroids of Osama bin Laden that she's craving. Again, that's Sarah Palin, accusing the Obama administration, which arranged for Osama bin Laden to meet his end at the hands of Navy SEALs, of "pussyfooting." [Politico]

People who are sick of Donald Trump -- and they are LEGION -- are trying to keep him from driving the pace car at the Indianapolis 500. Indiana governor Mitch Daniels (R) says, "whatever sells tickets." [Indianapolis Star]

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