Mar 6, 2019

Gallup: Americans' attitude toward Israel at lowest level since 2009

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

59% of Americans sympathize with Israelis over the Palestinians, the lowest level since 2009, according to Gallup's annual World Affairs survey.

Why it matters: The poll, conducted weeks prior to Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) controversial remarks questioning U.S. support for Israel and the influence of pro-Israel lobbying, indicates that positive American attitudes toward Israel could slowly be changing. However, Americans' preference for Israel is still much more widespread. Even though the percentage of Americans who favored the Palestinians over Israelis was at a record high since 2001, it still lagged far behind at 21%.

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Federal Reserve: Coronavirus poses "evolving risk" to the economy

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell took the rare move Friday of issuing a statement meant to reassure investors, one that opened the door to a possible interest rate cut.

Why it matters: The Fed rarely issues statements like this outside of policy meetings and scheduled public appearances. It came as the stock market continues its steep decline this week. Stocks briefly pared some losses after the 2:30 p.m. EST statement came out.

Federal court temporarily halts "Remain in Mexico" program

Migrant wearing a cap with U.S. flagin front of the border between Guatemala and Mexico. Photo: Jair Cabrera Torres/picture alliance via Getty Image

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's earlier injunction on Friday, temporarily stopping the Trump administration from enforcing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — known as the "Remain in Mexico" policy.

Why it matters: Tens of thousands of migrants seeking asylum have been forced to wait out their U.S. immigration court cases across the border in Mexico under the policy. The Trump administration has long credited this program for the decline in border crossings following record highs last summer.

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