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Obama agenda: Here's why you go to Dayton

Why a president takes a foreign leader to Mississippi Valley State vs. Western Kentucky in Dayton, Ohio… President Obama gets above-the-fold, centerpiece front-page treatment from the Dayton Daily News with this headline from Obama’s halftime quote: “‘The heartland is what it’s all about.’”

From the story: “President Barack Obama discussed energy policy with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and gave British Prime Minister David Cameron basketball tips Tuesday at an NCAA tournament game at UD Arena, during a brief election-year trip to a crucial swing state.” And the first quote of the story: “Sometimes when we have foreign visitors, they’re only visiting the coasts,” Obama said during a halftime interview . “They go to New York, they go to Washington, they go to Los Angeles, but the heartland is what it’s all about.”

In a new Bloomberg/Selzer poll, Obama’s approval ticked up to 48% and is doing better with independents from September up to 45%. But he is tied with Romney in a head-to-head matchup, 47%-47%. He leads the other GOP candidates by wider margins and is over 50% against them.

“[W]ith less than eight months until Election Day, Obama has improved his standing on the economy, has a majority of Americans viewing him favorably and has begun to rekindle the enthusiasm of his 2008 supporters,” Bloomberg writes. The poll also shows an American public reticent to get into another war -- with Iran – and Obama gets his best scores of his presidency on terrorism with 61% approving of his handling of it. (Full poll here.)

A Reuters/Ipsos poll has Obama at 50%.

The Republican National Committee goes up with its second installment of its “Barackon” (Groupon) deal. This one is on green energy and focuses on groups it says got special treatment and a direct line to Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.