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Trump's approval rating has 89-point partisan gap, the largest in Gallup's history

Trump's approval rating has 89-point partisan gap, the largest in Gallup's history

Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty ImagesThere is an 89-point difference between the rate at which Republicans and Democrats approve of President Trump, the largest gap in Gallup's history, according to a .By the numbers: 38% of all Americans approve of the job Trump is doing, the poll indicates. That number is 91% for Republicans and only 2% for Democrats. The difference surpasses the previous record of 87%, which was recorded in and polls around the time of the Senate impeachment trial.The big picture: Trump's approval in the poll has dropped since nationwide protests against racism and police...

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Mark Meadows: Trump "is right" to claim 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless"

Mark Meadows: Trump "is right" to claim 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told "Fox & Friends" Monday that there are facts and statistics — without citing any — to back up President Trump's claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "totally harmless." The big picture: Nearly 130,000 Americans have died from the virus, and FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to support Trump's claim over the weekend.Between the lines: The president may have been referring to death rate estimates, but that "excludes a multitude of thousands who have spent weeks in the hospital or weeks at home with mild to moderate symptoms that still caused...

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Sen. Duckworth: "We should listen to the argument" on removing Washington statues

Sen. Duckworth: "We should listen to the argument" on removing Washington statues

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) told CNN's "State of the Union" on that "we should listen to the argument" for removing George Washington statues.Why it matters: Statues of Confederate soldiers and historical figures who were slave owners have been a flashpoint in the protests against racism and police brutality. President Trump has taken to defending the monuments — a stance highlighted by his on Friday. What she's saying:DANA BASH: "Senator, I know that you support change in the name of military bases named after Confederate leaders, but there are leaders like George Washington and Thomas...

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Americans reflect on Independence Day amid racism reckoning

Americans reflect on Independence Day amid racism reckoning

A Black Lives Matter banner and a United States flag on the facade of the U.S. embassy building in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesAmerica's leaders are rethinking how they view Independence Day, as the country reckons with the historic, unequal treatment of people of color during a pandemic which has disproportionately affected nonwhite Americans. Why it matters: The country’s legacy of racism has come into sharp focus in the weeks of protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. From Confederate statues to...

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Clyburn says House coronavirus committee won't recognize members who don't wear masks

Clyburn says House coronavirus committee won't recognize members who don't wear masks

Rep. James Clyburn. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty ImagesThe House's select committee on the coronavirus crisis will not recognize members who do not wear a mask while in session, Chair James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told his Republican colleagues in a sent Monday.The big picture: The move comes after every Republican in the committee did not wear a mask at last Friday's hearing, despite being warned to do so prior to the meeting, according to Clyburn. The big picture: While members of Congress are at committee hearings, they have become something of a partisan marker — igniting a , many of whom...

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NASA names headquarters after first Black female engineer Mary W. Jackson

NASA names headquarters after first Black female engineer Mary W. Jackson

Mathmatician Mary Jackson, the first Black woman engineer at NASA poses for a photo at work at NASA Langley Research Center in 1977 in Hampton, Va. Photo: Bob Nye/NASA/Donaldson Collection/Getty ImagesNASA will rename its headquarters in Washington, D.C., after Mary Jackson, the agency's first Black female engineer, administrator Jim Bridenstine .Why it matters: Jackson was among the significant figures in NASA's history, serving in the computing unit during the space race while it was still segregated. Jackson — along with three other Black women, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden and...

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Pelosi orders removal of portraits of House speakers who served Confederacy on Juneteenth

Pelosi orders removal of portraits of House speakers who served Confederacy on Juneteenth

Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty ImagesHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered that the chamber's clerk remove portraits of former House speakers who served the Confederacy from display in the Capitol in sent Thursday.The big picture: Pelosi wrote that the portraits should be removed "to appropriately observe Juneteenth," the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.Details: The portraits are of Robert Hunter of Virginia (who served as speaker from 1839- 1841), Howell Cobb of Georgia (1849-1851), James Orr of South Carolina (1857-1859), and Charles Crisp of Georgia (1891-1895).What she's...

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Bernie Sanders pushes back on idea of abolishing police departments

Bernie Sanders pushes back on idea of abolishing police departments

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) distanced himself from the idea of abolishing or defunding police departments in a wide-ranging interview with published Tuesday, instead calling for more training and higher pay for officers as part of sweeping criminal justice reform.Why it matters: The "" movement has gained traction among activists and some progressives in the wake of George Floyd's death. The goal is to redirect police funding toward housing, public health, education and other resources that would increase quality of life for...

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Senate Armed Services Committee pushes to rename bases named for Confederate generals

Senate Armed Services Committee pushes to rename bases named for Confederate generals

Sen. Jim Inhofe. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Getty ImagesThe Republican-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment behind closed doors on Wednesday to rename military bases and other assets named after Confederate generals, sources familiar with the vote confirmed to Axios.Why it matters: The vote pits the committee's Republicans against President Trump, who has any such measure. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday that Trump would not sign legislation, including the annual defense authorization bill, that includes language about renaming...

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Biden: "You ain't black" if still deciding between me or Trump

Biden: "You ain't black" if still deciding between me or Trump

Joe Biden defended on Friday his ties to the African American community during an interview with Charlamagne tha God on saying that "you ain't black" if "you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or [President] Trump."Why it matters: The show has become for Democratic candidates to sell their message to black voters during this election cycle, given its young, diverse audience and wide syndication.The exchange:Worth noting: As Charlamagne hinted during their exchange, Biden owes his status as the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee to , which was largely driven...

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Trump says he won't let Fauci testify because the House is "a bunch of Trump haters"

Trump says he won't let Fauci testify because the House is "a bunch of Trump haters"

President Trump told reporters Tuesday that he won't let Anthony Fauci testify before the House of Representatives because it's "a setup" with a "bunch of Trump haters."Driving the news: The White House that members of the administration's coronavirus task force won't be allowed to testify in May, claiming that it would divert resources from the pandemic response. Trump said Tuesday Fauci will instead be testifying in front of the Senate.Flashback: that that the current system of making coronavirus testing available in the U.S. was not set up in a way that it needed it to be, calling it a...

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Senate secretary says it does not have authority to release Biden records on Tara Reade

Senate secretary says it does not have authority to release Biden records on Tara Reade

Photo: Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesThe secretary of the Senate said Monday that it cannot comply with to release any documents pertaining to a sexual harassment complaint that allegedly made against him in 1993.The state of play: The office said it had been advised by the Senate's legal counsel that it "has no discretion to disclose" any information pertaining to Reade because of confidentiality requirements under federal law.The big picture: Reade this weekend that even if the complaint were found, that she neither used the phrase "sexual harassment" in...

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Nancy Pelosi: Guaranteed income during coronavirus crisis is "worthy of attention"

Nancy Pelosi: Guaranteed income during coronavirus crisis is "worthy of attention"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC Monday that minimum guaranteed income is "worthy of attention" as a policy measure to help Americans deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The big picture: Pelosi's comments come as Congress is considering what to include in the . Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang of giving $2,000 per month to every American for the duration of the crisis, calling it a necessity to ensure that citizens know "that they can feed their families."Europe and the U.S. took measures this week to reopen some parts of their economy as global cases...

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WaPo: Stephen Miller detailed long-term vision for immigration ban in surrogate call

WaPo: Stephen Miller detailed long-term vision for immigration ban in surrogate call

White House adviser Stephen Miller. Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty ImagesSenior White House adviser Stephen Miller on Thursday told surrogates in a private call that President Trump's will shepherd more long-term changes to U.S. immigration policy, the reports.Why it matters: Trump's new executive order was publicly described as a “pause” amid . Miller, a known advocate for more restrictive immigration policy during Trump's tenure, told surrogates the White House is considering tightening guest worker programs, but said "the most important thing is to turn off the faucet of new...

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Republican governor dismisses McConnell's "blue state bailout" claim as "complete nonsense"

Republican governor dismisses McConnell's "blue state bailout" claim as "complete nonsense"

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesMaryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) responded to from the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that suggested federal relief for state governments would amount to a "blue state bailout," calling it "complete nonsense" in an interview with .Why it matters: Hogan, a Republican and the chairman of the National Governors' Association, has been among the loudest voices sounding the alarm over the massive caused by the coronavirus. He predicted Maryland would have $2.8 billion budget deficit by July 1.What he's saying:...

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Las Vegas mayor calls for city to reopen: "We've had viruses for years"

Las Vegas mayor calls for city to reopen: "We've had viruses for years"

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman told CNN on Wednesday that she believes it's time to reopen the city despite the ongoing threat of the coronavirus, calling Nevada's statewide lockdown "total insanity."Why it matters: As CNN's Anderson Cooper repeatedly pointed out, hotels and casinos are hot spots for the spread of the virus, which visitors to Las Vegas could bring back to their home states. Goodman dismissed the fears as "alarmist" and said businesses should reopen and allow the free market to dictate whether they are "destroyed" by the virus.The big picture: Goodman said she believes...

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McConnell says Senate will confirm more judges as soon as it returns to session

McConnell says Senate will confirm more judges as soon as it returns to session

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told on Wednesday the Senate will continue confirming President Trump's judicial nominations "as soon as we get back in session" on May 4.Why it matters: McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.The big picture: President Trump has successfully appointed 193 judges to the federal bench thus far, including two Supreme Court justices. But the coronavirus...

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House Rules chair puts forward plan for proxy voting amid coronavirus

House Rules chair puts forward plan for proxy voting amid coronavirus

The chamber of the House of Representatives. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesHouse Rules Committee Chair Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) on Thursday for remote voting for members of the House as the coronavirus outbreak persists.The big picture: Under the "temporary, low-tech" proposal, House members who can't make it to the Capitol would direct another member to vote on their behalf. McGovern said he's looking to change the standing rules of the House and implement technology for virtual hearings and markups for committees for the time being. What he's saying: "We don't know how long this...

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Trump says decision on coronavirus reopening belongs to him, not governors

Trump says decision on coronavirus reopening belongs to him, not governors

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Trump Monday that the "decision to open up the states" following shutdown measures taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus lies with him, not governors. Why it matters: The tweet undermines talking points from both the administration and conservatives on the coronavirus shutdown — and overstates Trump's constitutional authority.What he's saying: Trump's tweet claims that a reopening call is "the decision of the President, and for many good reasons."Reality check: The federal government does not have the power to implement nationwide measures to...

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Bernie Sanders' campaign will cover staff health care through October

Bernie Sanders' campaign will cover staff health care through October

Bernie Sanders. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/ Getty ImagesSen. Bernie Sanders' newly suspended presidential campaign will let former staffers keep their health insurance benefits through October, a campaign official told Axios. Why it matters: The move will prevent Sanders' 2020 team from losing insurance amid the coronavirus pandemic. It also draws a stark contrast between Sanders and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, whose staffers after he reneged on the promise to pay through November, even if he was not the nominee.Flashback: Staffers for Sanders' campaign — a first for a...

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Trump says he doesn't know anything about pandemic office his admin disbanded

Trump says he doesn't know anything about pandemic office his admin disbanded

Former national security adviser John Bolton said during a talk at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, he hopes his new book is "" by the White House, in the room.This is an effort to write history and I did it the best I can. We'll have to see what comes out of the censorship."— JohnBolton's comments, per and the The publication of former national security adviser "The Room Where It Happened" has been delayed from March 17 until May as the White House continues to review the manuscript, .Why it matters: The memoir, which claims that President Trump to investigations of his political...

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Romney to vote for subpoena of Hunter Biden records after saying probe "appears political"

Romney to vote for subpoena of Hunter Biden records after saying probe "appears political"

Mitt Romney. Photo: INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty ImagesSen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is expected to support a subpoena for records related to the work of former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter for Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, reports.Why it matters: Romney's plans emerged just one day after he that the investigation "appears" politically motivated, aimed at hurting Joe Biden's presidential run. But a spokesperson for Romney said on Friday the senator changed his mind after Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) assured him the probe will be handled behind...

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Sanders: Warren "changed political consciousness in America" - Axios

Sanders: Warren "changed political consciousness in America" - Axios

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is assessing her path forward in the 2020 race, a campaign aide tells Axios' Alexi McCammond. Why it matters: Warren failed to win any states, including her home state of Massachusetts, and only amassed 12 delegates on Super Tuesday. Elizabeth Warren is suspending her campaign after a poor performance on Super Tuesday, as first reported by the and confirmed by multiple other media outlets.The state of play: Once thought of as a , Warren failed to win a single state during the biggest day on the Democratic primary calendar, even coming in third in her home state of...

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109 U.S. troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iran strike - Axios

109 U.S. troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iran strike - Axios

U.S. soldiers clear rubble at al-Asad Base in the western Iraqi province of Anbar. Photo: Ayman Henna/ AFP via Getty Images109 American troops suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of Iran's on U.S. bases in Iraq, the Defense Department said in a statement Monday.Why it matters: The development, , is a significant jump from the Pentagon disclosed in late January — and more than triple in the immediate aftermath of the strike. Yes, but: President Trump said that the injuries suffered by soldiers in the attack, which was a response to a U.S. strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem...

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