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A new WSJ/NBC poll finds that over half (51%) of Americans think the media has been too critical of Trump since the election, while 41% say the coverage has been fair and objective.

Exaggerations: The majority of Americans (53%) believe the new media has exaggerated problems within the Trump Administration, compared to 45% that disagree.

The study's most surprising conclusion: 40% of MSNBCs traditionally liberal audience thinks the media overstates problems within the Trump Administration, which is sizable, even compared to the 79% of Fox News Channel watchers that feel the same.

Why it matters: Overall trust in the media has been on a steady decline for years, and reached its lowest point at 32% in September. The study's findings affirms that the public lacks confidence in the media's coverage. Furthermore, the study finds that sizable portions of liberal and conservative audiences alike disagree with the media's coverage of Trump.

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Why it matters: The result could be catastrophic for the economic recovery that Wall Street fears is already fragile.

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Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures. One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.

Why it matters: Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, together with a widely circulated article in The Atlantic about how bad the worst-case scenarios could get, is drawing new attention to the brutal fights that could jeopardize a final outcome.

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A federal judge ruled late Thursday that the Trump administration could not end the 2020 census a month early.

Why it matters: The decision states that an early end — on Sept. 30, instead of Oct. 31 — would likely produce inaccuracies and thus impact political representation and government funding around the country.

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