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Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

With the ongoing government shutdown now in its 33rd day, a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found that President Trump's disapproval rating reached an all-time high of 57% — against a 40% approval rating.

By the numbers: The poll finds that Trump's key policy driving the shutdown — the construction of a border wall — remains divisive among Americans as 43% support its construction while 49% oppose it. But, perhaps most concerning for Trump's strategy, just 7% of those who oppose a wall would choose to fund it if it were the only way to end the shutdown, compared to 72% who oppose that strategy to ending the stalemate.

Go deeper: A "go big" idea to end the shutdown

Editor's note: This post has been corrected to reflect that the poll question regarding funding a border wall as the only way out of a shutdown was limited to those who oppose the policy.

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Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
2 mins ago - Economy & Business

The fragile recovery

Data: Department of Labor; Chart: Axios Visuals

The number of people receiving unemployment benefits is falling but remains remarkably high three weeks before pandemic assistance programs are set to expire. More than 1 million people a week are still filing for initial jobless claims, including nearly 300,000 applying for pandemic assistance.

By the numbers: As of Nov. 14, 20.2 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits of some kind, including more than 13.4 million on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs that were created as part of the CARES Act and end on Dec. 26.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
22 mins ago - Politics & Policy

The top candidates Biden is considering for key energy and climate roles

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged President-elect Joe Biden to nominate Mary Nichols, chair of California's air pollution regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The reported push by Schumer could boost Nichol's chances of leading an agency that will play a pivotal role in Biden's vow to enact aggressive new climate policies — especially because the plan is likely to rest heavily on executive actions.

U.S. economy adds 245,000 jobs in November as recovery slows

Data: BLS; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy added 245,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 6.9%, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The labor market continues to recover even as coronavirus cases surge— though it's still millions of jobs short of the pre-pandemic level. The problem is that the rate of recovery is slowing significantly.