Jan 13, 2019

Poll: Most Americans blame Trump, GOP for shutdown

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53% of Americans blame President Trump and congressional Republicans for the ongoing partial government shutdown — now the longest in history — while 29% blame congressional Democrats, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

By the numbers: The results are unsurprisingly skewed across party lines as 68% of Republicans blame Democrats in Congress and 85% of Democrats blame Trump and the congressional GOP. A majority of Americans (54%) also oppose Trump's idea of a border wall while 42% support it, but those numbers are trending in the president's favor as 63% opposed a wall while 34% supported it one year ago.

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What disease modeling could learn from weather forecasting

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios.

COVID-19 has brought the arcane work of mathematical disease modelers to the forefront, as politicians search for ways to flatten the curve.

Why it matters: Models are the only way we can plan out effective steps now to prevent more deaths in the future. But modeling a disease in mid-pandemic isn't easy, and important nuance can be lost in the translation between academic modelers and policymakers.

The well of protective gear in the U.S. is running dry

Medical workers wear masks as they walk back to GW hospital in D.C. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. government's great coronavirus airlift came not a minute too soon.

What they're saying: Trump administration officials are anonymously sounding the alarm that America's emergency stockpile of personal protective equipment is running dangerously low, the WashPost reports this afternoon

Scoop: Netanyahu shared fake video as proof of Iranian virus cover-up

Netanyahu chairs a weekly cabinet meeting. Photo: Abir Sultan/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared with his cabinet a video he claimed was evidence of Iran concealing coronavirus deaths by dropping bodies in garbage dumps, two cabinet ministers tell me.

Behind the scenes: Several hours later, Netanyahu's office realized the video had nothing to do with Iran, or with the coronavirus crisis. It was a clip from “Pandemic," a 2007 Hallmark Channel mini-series.

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