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Approximately 31% of Americans believe President Trump has been exonerated after the Mueller report came out, while 58% believe the president lied to the public, according to a new poll by the Washington Post and ABC News.

The backdrop: Trump's legal team characterized the Mueller report as a "total victory." However, the president has spent this past week addressing some of the report's claims, including that his staff does not fail to obey him. Prior to the Mueller report, 29% of Americans believed Trump had been cleared of wrongdoing.

By the numbers:

  • 47% believe Trump tried to interfere with the Russia investigation, resulting in obstruction of justice
  • 56% do not believe Congress should start impeachment proceedings
  • 51% believe the Mueller report was fair
  • 42% believe Russia interfered in the 2016 elections
  • 53% believe foreign interference threatens the 2020 elections
  • Go deeper: What the Mueller report tells us about Trump and Russia

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Fed chair says low interest rates aren't driving stock market prices

Jerome Powell. Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / Getty Images

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell told reporters on Wednesday that rock-bottom interest rates aren't playing a role in driving stock prices higher, while noting that vulnerabilities to the financial system are "moderate."

Why it matters: The statement comes amid unshakeable stock prices and a Reddit-fueled market frenzy — prompting widespread fears of a bubble and the role monetary policy has played in that.

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Biden freezes U.S. arms deals with Saudi Arabia and UAE

Trump struck several large arms deals with Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Saudi Arabia. Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

The Biden administration has put on hold two big arms deals with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which were approved in the final weeks of the Trump administration, a State Department official tells Axios.

Why it matters: The sales of F-35 jets and attack drones to the UAE and a large supply of munitions to Saudi Arabia will be paused pending a review. That signals a major policy shift from the Trump era, and may herald sharp tensions with both Gulf countries.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
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Robert Downey Jr. launches VC funds to help save the planet

Robert Downey Jr. on Wednesday announced the launch of two venture capital funds focused on startups in the sustainability sector, the latest evolution of a project he launched two years ago called Footprint Coalition.

Between the lines: This is a bit of life imitating art, as Downey Jr. spent 11 films portraying a character who sought to save the planet (or, in some cases, the universe).