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Evan Vucci / AP

Trump has some of the lowest approval ratings for a president at this point in his administration, but Politico finds an interesting angle. Trump has a 41% approval rating when those surveyed speak to a person. But in online or automated phone polls, his approval rating is 48%.

Once the element of anonymity is added, the president's approval ratings suddenly look a lot better.

Why this matters: Pollsters are still trying to figure out how to square what they thought was going to happen on Election Day with what actually happened. Figuring out what impact live surveys has might be a big part. Real-person telephone surveys are the gold-standard of polling. But fewer people answer their phones, and now maybe the ones that do aren't being honest.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.