The Upshot
  • As President Obama fights the lowest approval ratings of his career, he took a dramatic step to boost his Q ratings Thursday by visiting  ABC's "The View."  In a segment taped Wednesday and broadcast Thursday, the president entertained questions on everything from the war in Afghanistan to Mel Gibson's anger problems. He sparred with the show's resident conservative over his administration's economic policies, and he trashed the media for generating a "phony controversy" that led to former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod's firing.

    Speaking before a mostly friendly audience, Obama acknowledged that his time in the White House has been tumultuous. He ticked off crisis after crisis that his administration has faced, from the recession to the Gulf oil spill. While he admitted the nation has gone through a "tough stretch," Obama insisted he's working to make things better.

    There was only one brief clash, when resident conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck pushed Obama on why his economic stimulus plan hadn't "saved more jobs." The president offered a full-throated defense of his policies, repeating his claim that had the administration not acted, more jobs would have been lost. Watch:

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  • CBS: Charlie Rangel strikes settlement on ethics violations

    Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel has reportedly struck a deal to admit to ethics violations in order to avoid a public House trial, WCBS reports.

    Details are expected to be released Thursday afternoon, when the first House panel meets to prepare for the potential trial.

    UPDATE: CBS has since reported that the deal Rangel initially had in place for a settlement has gone sour, when Republican House members requested concessions that Rangel reportedly would not agree to.

  • Alvin Greenegreenephoto1Alvin Greene didn't stop to chat with reporters who recently trekked to Manning, S.C., to watch his first campaign speech. But the Democratic candidate did talk to Leslie Beaumont after the event.

    That’s because Beaumont and writer David Garrett are making a documentary on the unlikely Senate hopeful: “Who Is Alvin Greene?”

    There’s been no shortage of Greene coverage lately. As The Upshot reported Monday, Greene received more media attention than any 2010 candidate in the six weeks after his unexpected primary win. However, Beaumont says the documentary will provide another perspective on the unlikely candidate.

    “It’s more about this evolution of this private citizen seeking higher office,” Beaumont told The Upshot. “I wanted to show a side of him that hasn’t been seen.”

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  • Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas
    Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

    SURGIDERO DE BATABANO, Cuba. (AP) — Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago.

  • World Cup over, but some Argentines won't go home
    World Cup over, but some Argentines won't go home

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Lucas Bazan Pontoni rifled through his pockets for the 45-cent lunch fee as he stood in line at a downtown soup kitchen. When he came up short, an acquaintance sprang for the government-subsidized meal.

  • EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope
    EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope

    By Adrian Croft and Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector. The sanctions on access to capital markets, arms and hi-tech goods are also likely to apply only to future contracts, leaving France free to go ahead with the controversial delivery of Mistral helicopter carriers being built for Russia. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy wrote to EU leaders asking them to authorise their ambassadors to complete an agreement by Tuesday. Van Rompuy said the proposed sanctions package "strikes the right balance" in terms of costs and benefits to the EU and in its flexibility to ramp up sanctions or reverse them over time.

  • Congressional shrug on emergency border spending could prove costly
    Congressional shrug on emergency border spending could prove costly

    According to multiple congressional sources close to members briefed on the situation, a delay in funding would impose increased costs of $250 to $1,000 per child per day. Since Oct. 1, approximately 57,000 children have been apprehended at the border. To give an example of the magnitude of the $250 to $1,000 range — and the cost of congressional inaction — the collective price tag for one day of care for those children could range from $14.25 million to $57 million, a difference of $42.75 million per day.

  • Wheelchair-Bound Justin Bieber Cut All the Lines at Disneyland
    Wheelchair-Bound Justin Bieber Cut All the Lines at Disneyland

    Today in celebrity gossip: Justin Bieber experiences Disneyland the best way he knew how, Ariana Grande hides her grandfather's death from her Big Brother contestant brother, and Naya Rivera went and got married. Nobody can dispute that Justin Bieber is the coolest, toughest, hardest, most bad-ass celebrity alive. Heck, Justin Bieber's so hardcore that he doesn't even have to break 20 M.P.H. in his rented Lambo to get pulled over for speeding. TMZ reports that on Sunday Bieber was spotted around Disneyland taking pictures with fans while seated in a borrowed wheelchair in which he was pushed around by handlers.

  • GUEST HOWLS OVER DOG'S ATTENDANCE AT WEDDING

    DEAR ABBY: Is it acceptable to bring a teacup-sized dog to a wedding? The excuse was, "Well, the wedding was at the beach." The pre-dinner and dancing were inside a high-end resort on the beach. The dog was taken inside these establishments. After a guest -- a family member of the dog's owner -- asked the owner to remove the animal because the occasion was not about her and her dog but the bride and groom's day, the owner put the dog in a carrying case and the dog returned to the wedding for the rest of the night. ...

  • Radio star Casey Kasem's remains flown to Canada: agent
    Radio star Casey Kasem's remains flown to Canada: agent

    (Reuters) - The body of radio personality Casey Kasem, who even before his June death was at the center of a tug-of-war between his wife and his children from a prior marriage, has been flown to Canada from a Washington state funeral home, his longtime former agent said on Wednesday. Kasem, the former host of the syndicated program "American Top 40," was moved to Canada by his wife, his agent Don Pitts said, after being kept at the Gaffney Funeral Home in Tacoma, Washington. Candace Corkum, administrative manager for the funeral home, confirmed on Friday that Kasem's body was no longer at the facility. Kasem had been the focus of a dispute between his three children from his first marriage - Kerri, Julie and Mike - and his second wife, Jean Kasem.

  • Israeli defense minister tells troops Israel might significantly widen Gaza ground operation

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli defense minister tells troops Israel might significantly widen Gaza ground operation.

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