Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 450 words, a 2-minute read.
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Imagine Watergate — or even the Clinton impeachment — in a country this divided.
Why it matters: Democratic institutions have long functioned on trust that is vanishing before our eyes, with the institutions looking similarly vulnerable.
The big picture, per the poll: 47% of Americans say they struggle to determine whether information is true.
Between the lines: Democrats are more likely to say they rely on scientists and academics, while Republicans are more likely to trust what they hear from President Trump.
Of note: The poll was conducted Oct. 15–28 of 1,032 adults using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel that's designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is ±4.2 percentage points.
A police officer stands guard as students wait to reunite with their parents following a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California.
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Scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the largest-ever study of aging in canines, AP reports.
Go deeper: Nominate your dog.