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President Biden walks alongside the West Wing Colonnade. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden's handling of the coronavirus pandemic has a 72% approval rating among Americans, an ABC News/Ipsos poll indicates.

The big picture: That number was 68% just before Congress approved Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The increase may be at least partly be due to the law's passage.

Details: Only 28% of Americans said they disapproved of Biden's coronavirus response.

  • 60% approve of his handling of the economy, while 4 out of 10 Americans disapprove.
  • Three out of four Americans approve of how the administration is handling vaccine distribution, the poll indicates.

Yes, but: There are some gaps along party lines.

  • Biden's handling of vaccine distribution, for instance, got a 92% approval rating among Democrats; 77% among Independents; and 53% among Republicans.

Biden's approval ratings were also lower on the issues of gun violence and the surge in arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • 57% of Americans disapproved of his handling of each of the issues.

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Job gains slow sharply as U.S. adds 210k jobs in November

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The U.S. economy added 210,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate plummeted to 4.2% from 4.6%.

Why it matters: Job gains slowed sharply, but the labor market recovery remains on track.

Elon Musk's mega-billion bounty

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Here's how insanely rich Elon Musk is: He has unloaded $10 billion of his stock in the past month — and could do that 15+ more times given his silos of shares.

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Huawei sanctions snarled chip supply chains

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The largely successful U.S. effort to hobble China's Huawei has benefitted a host of other tech companies — from smartphone makers such as Apple and Xiaomi to chipmakers like Qualcomm to network vendors including Nokia and Ericsson.

Yes, but: The massive disruption to the industry furthered an industry wide mismatch between supply and demand, exacerbating the global chip shortage.