Even when times are good, some experts say, members of Congress can't expect much better than about 40 percent approval. That would still be a vast improvement over where it stands today. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, pictured in July, had predicted that Democrats would be forced to accept the package or face gridlock that would lead to "an increase in taxes on working Americans." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Job seekers wait in line before entering a job fair in San Francisco. Private employers added 50,000 jobs in November, down significantly from the 160,000 the previous month. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wanted on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion stemming from encounters with two women during a trip to Sweden this summer. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted the release of more than 250,000 confidential documents by WikiLeaks. She said Monday that such leaks pose "real risks to real people ... and often to the very people who have dedicated their own lives to protecting others." Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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A passenger runs through Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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This picture taken Tuesday by a South Korean tourist shows huge plumes of smoke rising from Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea after an exchange of fire between North and South Korea. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An electronic ticker on the Morgan Stanley building in New York City on Wednesday welcomed General Motors' return to the U.S. stock market. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Commuters in central London read Tuesday's newspapers announcing the engagement of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton. Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Customers walk into a Chipotle restaurant, in Mountain View, Calif. Private employers hired 159,000 workers in October. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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Haitian refugees at a tent city in Port-au-Prince await word Wednesday of Tropical Storm Tomas' arrival. The Caribbean storm, which lashed Barbados and St. Lucia, is expected to hit Haiti as soon as Friday. Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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