10:12 AM, February 9th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, Feb. 9th

  1. Obama’s Economic Approval RisesJust last summer President Obama’s economic approval rating was a very low 26 percent. Obama must be doing something right, or at least it must appear that way to more people, because now 38 percent of Americans are happy with the way he’s handling the economy.
  2. Greek Leaders Strike Deal on Cuts: Greek leaders on Thursday reached a deal for deep austerity cuts, a government official has confirmed. By enacting austerity cuts, Greece is now eligible to receive bailout funds from the European Union—and thus will avoid defaulting on its debt.
  3. U.S. to Approve New Nuke Plants: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is set to approve two new nuclear reactors, to be built in Georgia. 
  4. U.N. Mulls Syria Observer Mission: The U.N. is expected to consider an Arab League proposal for a joint monitoring mission in Syria, while the U.S., Turkey, and other countries are creating a “Friends of Democratic Syria” as a way to support the opposition.
  5. States Reach $26 Billion Mortgage Deal: The five largest banks in the U.S. agreed to a $26 billion settlement for the roles they played in the mortgage meltdown. 

Photo: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a feast on arbor day in Jerusalem. (Bernat Armangue / AP Photo)

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