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Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

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.

Go deeper ... Poll: Majority believe Trump abused power and obstructed Congress

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Federal court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for health workers in 10 states

President Biden delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant following a meeting with his COVID-19 response team. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

A federal court in Missouri has blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers at federally-funded facilities in 10 states.

Why it matters: Monday's decision is the first victory for opponents of the rule, which requires health care workers to get vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022. The case is one of four lawsuits challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) rule and argues that the mandate will exacerbate staffing shortages.

Twitter's next act

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is exiting the company he helped build at a time when its future has never been so uncertain.

Why it matters: The person who controls Twitter controls the de facto public square — with implications for politics, media and free speech.

7 mins ago - Health

CDC strengthens COVID booster recommendation

Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday strengthened its previous recommendation for booster shots, saying that everyone 18 and older "should" receive a booster dose.

Why it matters: Last month, CDC director Rochelle Walensky accepted a key advisory committee's recommendation that adults "may" get the shot. The slight, but strengthened, change in wording comes amid the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant.