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Most voters support "Dreamers" & think Trump wants to deport them

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The vast majority — 80% — of American voters want unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. as children — "Dreamers"— to stay in the country and get a pathway to citizenship, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. But 63% think that Trump wants them to be deported.

Why it matters: While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican Senators are trying to blame Democrats for the failed immigration negotiations last week, 55% of voters think that Republicans in Congress want Dreamers deported and 58% blame them if there isn't legislation before the March 5th deadline.

  • 85% of voters think Democrats want Dreamers to stay, and only 26% blame them if DACA legislation isn't passed by March 5th.

Other key takeaways:

  • Gun control:
    • 67% said that they believe it is too easy to buy a gun in the U.S. — in December, 2015 that number was only 55%.
    • 66% support stricter gun control laws, with 60% of Republicans opposing the idea.
    • 77% of Republicans (and 83% overall) support federal mandatory waiting periods for all gun purchases
    • 51% of Republicans (and 75% overall) think that Congress should do more to prevent gun violence.
    • 63% of Democrats said that they think stricter gun laws would be best in preventing gun violence in schools compared to 9% of Republicans who favored arming teachers (38%) and metal detectors (41%).
  • Mass killings: While Republicans were split over whether U.S. citizens (36%) or people from other countries (48%) were a bigger issue in mass shootings, an overwhelming majority of Democrats said mass killings caused by people in the U.S. was the bigger problem (88%).
  • Trump's military parade: Only 26% overall approve of the parade, but more than half of Republicans approve.
  • Sexual harassment: More than half of voters said they thought Democrats do a better job handling sexual harassment, compared to 23% for Republicans.
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Zuckerberg admits Facebook "breach of trust"

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks wearing a t-shirt, with trees behind him
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Mark Zuckerberg weighed in on what he called the "Cambridge Analytica situation" today in a Facebook post, saying there was a "a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it. We need to fix that."

"We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you. I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there's more to do, and we need to step up and do it."

Why it matters: Facebook has been under extraordinary pressure from lawmakers, regulators and Wall Street to respond to the issue.

Jonathan Swan 14 hours ago
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Trump to announce anti-China tariffs tomorrow

President Donald Trump
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President Trump plans to unveil his aggressive package of tariffs against China tomorrow, with a charge led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that will use Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to target Beijing.

The big picture: Two sources with direct knowledge tell me Kevin Hassett has been crunching the numbers, and the dollar value of the tariffs will likely be around $50 billion per year — or slightly less. The administration has used an algorithm to select a batch of Chinese products and then apply tariff rates to those products in a way that will hopefully limit the harm to American consumers.