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If the 2020 presidential election is close enough to trigger a fight over the results, the public's confidence is so low in key people and institutions that no one is likely to be a trusted referee, managing editor David Nather writes.
The big picture: This trust crisis — flagged for us as part of a larger presentation by lobbyist Bruce Mehlman — is based on polling that shows how little confidence the public has in powerful players and institutions, including the ones that would be most likely to be drawn into a contested election.
Other surveys have also found more evidence of deep distrust in leaders and institutions.
What to watch: In this kind of general atmosphere of distrust, it's easy to see how an election could end up in a drawn-out battle.
A virus first reported around New Year's in China has put three U.S. airports on alert.
Why it matters: Coronavirus' ability to evolve means the outbreak could quickly turn from "worrisome to extremely worrisome," and "proactive measures" should be taken, a CDC official said Friday.
Between the lines: Researchers are trying to determine where the virus originated, if it can be transmitted from person-to-person, and how long the incubation period may be, Eileen reports.
Several White House officials told Jonathan Swan they were hoping President Trump wouldn’t pick Alan Dershowitz, named by the White House yesterday as one one of the Senate trial counsels, to play a formal role.
Stat du jour: Four of the team members — Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz, Pam Bondi and Robert Ray — have made at least 365 weekday Fox News appearances since January 2019, according to progressive research center Media Matters for America.
Iowa and Nevada — two of the first three states to vote in the Democratic presidential race — will use new mobile apps to gather results from thousands of caucus sites, AP reports.
How it works: Activists in the two states will use programs downloaded to their personal phones to report the results of caucus gatherings to state headquarters.
Democrats are moving ahead with the technology amid warnings that foreign hackers could target the 2020 presidential race to try to sow chaos and undermine American democracy.
In both states party officials declined to identify the vendor that developed their apps, saying they did not want to create a potential target for hackers.
Above, President Trump points out LSU quarterback Joe Burrow during an East Room ceremony for the college champion Tigers.
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