The new Washington Post/ABC poll: "Deepening economic pessimism has pushed down President Obama’s approval rating to a near record low, but he holds an early advantage over prospective 2012 rivals in part because of widespread dissatisfaction with Republican candidates. In the survey, 47 percent approve of the job Obama is doing, down seven points since January. Half of all Americans disapprove of his job performance, with 37 percent saying they 'strongly disapprove,' nearly matching the worst level of his presidency."
Mark your calenders: Vice President Joe Biden, the White House's new cop on the deficit beat, has called the first meeting of lawmakers on the subject for May 5.
Obama's tax bill: "The president and his wife, Michelle Obama, on Monday reported an adjusted gross income of $1,728,096 for 2010, down from $5.5 million in 2009," the New York Times says. "Most of their income came from sales of his books 'Dreams From My Father' and 'The Audacity of Hope.' The Obamas paid $453,770 in federal taxes, for an effective tax rate of just over 26 percent; the top individual tax rate is 35 percent. The Obamas donated $245,075 — 14.2 percent of their income before tax deductions and exemptions — to 36 charities."
And Politico’s Ben Smith writes about P.J. Crowley going rogue.