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Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal court in Washington. Photo: Susan Walsh

Two-thirds of voters think that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's guilty plea in the Russia probe is "a serious matter" for the Trump administration, according to a new CBS poll. Meanwhile, the majority of Republicans feel that the Russia investigation is politically motivated, while the majority of Democrats feel it's justified.

Why it matters: The survey's findings are the first since Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia officials, and Americans are divided among party lines. Despite their differences, most voters feel the matter is a serious issue for the administration.

Key findings:

  • 91% of Democrats think Flynn's guilty plea is "a serious matter," while only 34% of Republicans agree.
  • 81% of Republcians think the Russia probe is "politically motivated," while 74% of Democrats feel it's justified.
  • 92% of Democrats think it's very or somewhat likely that Trump advisors had improper dealings with Russia. 43% of Republicans agreed.

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Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children a chance to petition for protection from deportation.

Why it matters: DACA was implemented under former President Obama, but President Trump has sought to undo the program since taking office. Friday’s ruling will require Department of Homeland Security officers to begin accepting applications starting Monday and guarantee that work permits are valid for two years.

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Counties around the San Francisco Bay Area will adopt California’s new regional stay-at-home order amid surges in cases and ICU hospitalizations, health officials said Friday.

The big picture: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a three-week stay-at-home order on Thursday that would go into effect in regions with less than 15% ICU capacity. Despite the Bay Area’s current 25.3% ICU capacity, health officials from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco and the city of Berkeley are moving ahead with a shelter-in-place mandate in the hopes of reducing risk.