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In a stark measure of just how divisive the health care law is, a Quinnipiac poll released today finds that that piece of legislation is both the most popular and unpopular accomplishment of Obama's presidency.

In the poll, health care reform was by far the top answer to two open ended questions that asked respondents to name the best and the worst thing Obama has done as president. Twenty-six percent of respondents said health care was he best thing Obama has done, while 27% said it was the worst thing he's done in office.

No other specific policy or action Obama has taken polled higher than six percent on either question in the survey.

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Boehner: Bipartisan Prayer Service Can Be 'Source Of Solace' CNN reports: "Congress has responded to the Saturday shootings of 19 people, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, with a "collective embrace" rather than a 'torrent of accusations,' House Speaker John Boehner said at a bipartisan congressional prayer service Wednesday. 'Our nation mourns for the victims. It yearns for peace. And it thirsts for answers,' the Ohio representative said in his welcome statement at the service, according to a transcript of his remarks. The service, held for members of Congress, their spouses and some staffers, was not open to the public."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will meet at 1:30 p.m. ET with senior advisers. He does not currently have any scheduled public events.

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In the wake of the mass shooting in Arizona that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition, UFC fighter Jacob Volkmann regrets saying he would like to "knock some sense into that idiot" President Barack Obama.

"I would never make that comment if that shooting happened first," Volkmann told the Huffington Post. "I can't imagine what it's like for the parents. I got a 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy."

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The American Patriot Foundation has claimed to World Net Daily that due to their support of a birther army doctor, the group has received "dozens of threatening phone message, e-mails and letters during 'birther' Army officer Terrence Lakin's legal proceedings the past few months, including two letters that view the words 'GOP' and 'Birthers' through a sniper scope."

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1||January 13, 2011: To be fair, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) hasn't declared yet whether he'll run for president in 2012. But he's widely seen as a potential candidate. So in the meantime, let's get to know Pawlenty a bit better.

Pawlenty, in May 2010, returns to his office after speaking to reporters about a budget deal he offered Democrats. ||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

2||October 30, 2010: Pawlenty at Key Air Hanger in Anoka, Minnesota, campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

3||December 9, 2010: Pawlenty with newly elected Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) at a press conference at the capitol.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

4||April 12, 2008: Pawlenty greets Minnesota National Guard troops in Kosovo.||Wikimedia&&

5||November 5, 2002: Pawlenty and his running mate, Carol Molnau, in Bloomington, Minnesota.||newscom/Richard Marshall&&

6||February 21, 2010: Pawlenty and President Barack Obama at the 2010 Governors' Ball at the White House.||newscom/Ron Sachs/UPI&&

7||Then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Pawlenty at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.||newscom/Stormi Greener/Star Tribune/ZUMA Press&&

8||January 22, 2007: Pawlenty unveils his state budget proposal at the Minnesota Department of Revenue Building in St. Paul.||newscom/Richard Sennott/ZUMA Press&&

9||August 5, 2008: Pawlenty prior to giving the keynote address at Farmfest in Morgan, Minnesota.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

10||March 9, 2006: Pawlenty delivers his state of the state address in St. Paul.||newscom/David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/ZUMA Press&&

11||August 27, 2008: Pawlenty greets kids at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

12||August 25, 2008: Pawlenty with high school football players during a campaign stop for presidential hopeful John McCain in Richfield, Ohio.||newscom/Mike Cardew/MCT&&

13||October 22, 2009: Pawlenty at a "Pretzels and Pints" event for his Freedom First PAC in Washington.||newscom/&&

14||December 16, 2009: Pawlenty autographs a picture of himself for an unidentified supporter at the New Hampshire Republican State Senate PAC Fundraiser in Concord.||newscom/Greg Mironchuk/PDI&&

15||August, 28 2007: Pawlenty and Ron Stillweather, a FEMA community relation employee, after southwestern Minnesota was declared a disaster area due to massive flooding.||newscomPatsy Lynch/&&

16||September 14, 2010: Pawlenty and Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo (R) in Bejing.||newscom/Li Xueren/Xinhua/Photoshot&&

17||August 27, 2008: Pawlenty jumps out of the KTIS booth after giving an interview at the Minnesota State Fair.

See more of our 2012 GOPer slideshows here: Mitt Romney.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

In his speech tonight at a Tucson memorial service for the victims of last Saturday's shooting, President Obama announced that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) had opened her eyes for the first time today.

Obama said Giffords, who is in the intensive care unit recovering from a gunshot wound and brain surgery, opened her eyes for the first time just after he and First Lady Michelle Obama visited her.

"So I can tell you she knows we are here she knows we love her and she knows we are rooting for her," he said.

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President Obama delivered an emotional address at a memorial service tonight to honor the 19 people shot, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), in Tucson last Saturday.

"There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy pull through," he said.

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The White House has released the full prepared remarks of President Obama at tonight's memorial in Tucson, Ariz.:

To the families of those we've lost; to all who called them friends; to the students of this university, the public servants gathered tonight, and the people of Tucson and Arizona: I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today, and will stand by you tomorrow.



There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy pull through.

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