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Cold conditions can be expected in the eastern plains Thursday, with the potential for scattered snow showers/flurries. Otherwise temperatures…

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A new poll shows that more U.S. adults disapprove than approve of the way President Joe Biden has handled the discovery of classified documents at his home and former office. Yet that seems to have had little impact on Biden's overall approval rating. The new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 41% of Americans say they approve of how Biden is handling his job as president. That's about the same as the 43% who said that in December. In the new poll, 77% of Democrats approve of how Biden is handling his job, while 91% of Republicans disapprove.

Bitter divisions dominated a recent national Republican Party gathering. This weekend, Democrats holding their own meeting are eager to showcase just how much they agree on. There will be no party chair fight since Jaime Harrison isn’t up for reelection. There is no candidate jostling for a White House bid since President Joe Biden is expected to seek a second term. And there is no national reckoning after a surprisingly strong midterm showing. The only real point of contention for the Democratic National Committee is an overhaul of the 2024 presidential primary calendar. But even that is largely moot since Biden isn’t expected to face a major challenge for the nomination.

House Republicans are preparing to oust Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The vote Thursday to remove the Somali-born Muslim lawmaker comes over her past comments critical of Israel. It's an escalation of tensions in the new Congress after Democrats booted far-right GOP lawmakers from committees over their incendiary, violent remarks in the last session. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy worked quickly to solidify wavering Republican support for moving against Omar. Some GOP lawmakers had expressed reservations about taking such a dramatic step. The Minnesota Democrat has apologized for comments that she has said she came to understand were antisemitic.