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Poll: Most Americans think Flynn's guilty plea is "a serious matter"

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.
Steve LeVine 12 hours ago
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Self-driving lab head urges freeze after "nightmare" fatality

Uber self-driving car in Pittsburgh. Photo: Jeff Swensen / Getty

Carmakers and technology companies should freeze their race to field autonomous vehicles because "clearly the technology is not where it needs to be," said Raj Rajkumar, head of Carnegie Mellon University's leading self-driving laboratory.

What he said: Speaking a few hours after a self-driven vehicle ran over and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, Rajkumar said, "This isn't like a bug with your phone. People can get killed. Companies need to take a deep breath. The technology is not there yet. We need to keep people in the loop."

David McCabe 8 hours ago
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Senate committee probes Facebook, Cambridge Analytica

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Senate Commerce Committee is sending written questions to Cambridge Analytica's parent company and Facebook about the revelation that the data consulting firm improperly gathered user data from the social giant.

Why it matters: This is the most aggressive action by Republicans yet to investigate the reports about the Trump-linked analytics firm.

Quote“They’ve got responsibility to make sure that that information is used in an appropriate way, so we want to find out how it was gotten, how it was used, and we want Facebook obviously to be transparent about that.”
— Sen. John Thune