5) President Obama nominated Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Monday. 4) They just won't take no for an answer: A group of Iowans is headed to New Jersey today to try to convince New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to try to run for president while a separate group launches an effort to draft Ryan into the race. 3) The Wall Street Journal reports on how Midwestern auto-industry towns that suffered during the recession are emerging as an important backdrop for Obama and other Democrats who hope to use strengthened factories to help illustrate an improving economy. Obama's trip to Toledo, Ohio, this week will be the fourth time in less than a year that a Chrysler plant has been used as a backdrop by the administration. 2) After riding in Rolling Thunder over the weekend in Washington and visiting the National Archives on Monday, Sarah Palin's bus tour rolls on, and the complete itinerary has remained opaque, even to the reporters following her. She confirmed Monday that her tour would eventually take her to Iowa and she is expected in New Hampshire by week's end. Palin said Monday that she is "still kind of contemplating a run," but denied that the tour was a test run for a presidential bid, the Washington Post reports. Meanwhile, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., spent Monday in New Hampshire. When asked about Palin's bus tour, Bachmann replied, "Well you know it's interesting, I think people have wide interest in all of the candidates and I think that that will be part of the whole process." 1) A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday shows the rise in Obama's approval rating appears to be tied to his foreign policy credentials. His Obama's approval rating among Americans is now at 54 percent, it has steadily risen in the past two months, from 48 percent in early April to 52 percent in early May and the current mark of 54 percent. But just one in four says they approve of how Obama is handling high gas prices. And six in ten think that things are going badly in the country today.
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