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President Trump's approval rating hit 49% in Gallup's tracking poll, his highest rating in that poll since taking office.

Why it matters: The president's approval reached its peak despite the fact that the poll was conducted from Jan. 16 to 29 — amid his ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate.

  • His approval rating increased thanks to a jump in support among Republicans (94% approval; up 6% since early January) and independents (42%; up 5% since early January).
  • Only 7% of polled Democrats approved of his performance.
  • 50% of Americans disapproved of Trump, while just 1% expressed no opinion.

Of note: The 87-point gap between Republicans and Democrats on Trump's approval is the largest partisan gap Gallup has measured for any president's approval rating.

The big picture: Beyond impeachment, Trump's recent military engagement against Iran and his administration's progress on trade agreements may have helped his ratings.

  • 53% of those polled approved of killing Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
  • Confidence in the economy is also at its highest point since 2000, according to another Gallup poll.

Methodology: This survey is based on telephone interviews conducted January 16–29, with a random sample of 1,033 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

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Biden: The next president should decide on Ginsburg’s replacement

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Joe Biden is calling for the winner of November's presidential election to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court.

What he's saying: "[L]et me be clear: The voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," Biden said. "This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That's the position the United States Senate must take today, and the election's only 46 days off.

Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg

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President Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice in just three-plus short years — and shape the court for literally decades to come, top Republican sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump's nominee before Election Day, just 46 days away, setting up one of the most consequential periods of our lifetimes, the sources say.

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