May 11, 2017

Majority of Americans disapprove of Comey firing

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The majority of Americans — 54% — disapprove of Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, according to a new NBC News/Survey Monkey online poll, and 55% say the dismissal makes them less confident the Russia probe will be conducted fairly.

It's not an endorsement of Comey: 34% approved of the way Comey was handling the Russia investigation, 19% approved of his handling of Hillary Clinton's email practices, and 6% strongly approved of how he handled his job.

46% thought Trump fired Comey over the Russia probe. Only 22% believed the dismissal was about the Hillary Clinton email investigation. 54% said the probe is a serious issue.

What to watch: Trump's approval rating has fallen to 36%, per new Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday, and it's unclear whether the Comey controversy will cause that number to drop further still.

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Special report: Health care workers vs. coronavirus

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Health care workers are at an especially high risk of catching the coronavirus, because of their prolonged exposure to patients who have it. Making matters worse, the U.S. doesn't have enough of the protective equipment, like masks and gloves, that keeps them safe.

  • And yet these workers, with loved ones of their own, keep showing up at hospitals across the country, knowing that more Americans than they can possibly care for are depending on them.
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Backed by the Fed, bond investors get bullish

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The Fed's massive injections of liquidity have reopened much of the bond market, and after back-to-back weeks in which more than $100 billion flowed out of bond funds, investors have regained their bearings and now see opportunity.

What's happening: But after the hemorrhaging outflows relented last week, bulls may now be sticking their heads out a bit too far. Junk bond funds took in more than $7 billion for the week ended April 1, according to Refinitiv Lipper, setting a new weekly record.

What top CEOs fear telling America about the coronavirus shutdown

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Top CEOs, in private conversations and pleas to President Trump, are warning of economic catastrophe if America doesn't begin planning for a phased return to work as soon as May, corporate leaders tell Axios.

Why it matters: The CEOs say massive numbers of companies, big and small, could go under if business and government don't start urgent talks about ways groups of workers can return.