What we’re watching Tuesday
Good morning. Here are some of the top stories we’ll be keeping an eye on throughout the day.
A new poll show approval for President Barack Obama has fallen to 41 percent, the lowest in his presidency.
The poll also showed a record high of 63 percent disapproving of the way Obama is handling implementation of the new health care law.
- The president is expected to speak and hold a question and answer session 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council annual meeting. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs, spoke Monday at the event
- At least 23 people are dead and scores injured after twin suicide bombings hit the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The Iranian ambassador confirmed that the cultural attaché was among the dead.
- A Sunni militant group called The Abdullah Azzam Brigade has claimed responsibility for the attack. The brigades’ leader said the bombing came in retaliation to Iran’s support to the regime of Bashar al-Assad in the neighboring Syria.
- The BBC reports that Iran and Lebanon will play a football match in Beirut as scheduled on Tuesday afternoon, but without spectators.
- The administration released declassified files Monday night, including the court order that allowed NSA surveillance, showing that the NSA repeatedly acknowledged violations of surveillance rules and promised additional safety measures to prevent similar missteps over and over again.
- The Guardian reports that the documents “also revealed a judge’s concern that the NSA “continuously” and “systematically” violated the limits placed on the program.”
- Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the two-minute, Nov. 19, 1863 speech by Abraham Lincoln praising the sacrifices made by Union troops during the Civil War.
In other news
- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will sign a law Tuesday banning tobacco sales to anyone under 21, marking the first major city to do so.
- The fossil of two dinosaurs that captures them as if they died in a grueling combat will go up for auction in New York at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Experts say the odds are good that the winning bidder could beat the record of $8.36 million paid for a T-rex named Sue.
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