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Evan Vucci / AP

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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Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, a group with ties to prominent Democrats that's been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin from the right.

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Race and technology in America

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The technology industry is famously determined to change the world — but its efforts to diversify its workforce and remove bias from its products haven't changed nearly enough.

Biden: "Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been"

President Biden speaks during the 40th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the U.S Capitolon Oct. 16. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden speaking at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday honored members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2021 and saluted those who are currently serving.

Driving the news: "We expect everything of you, and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations. Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been," Biden said.

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