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A poll conducted by SSRS for CNN shows that public opinion on President Trump's impeachment is split and remains unchanged from October.

Why it matters: Only half of the 1,007 respondents said they believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office over his handling of military aid to Ukraine and 43% said he should not, despite five days of public hearings in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

  • The findings on overall opinion of impeachment are identical to CNN's October poll conducted by SSRS before the public hearings.

By the numbers:

  • 53% said the president improperly used his office to gain political advantage over a potential 2020 opponent, and 42% said he did not
  • 48% of respondents said there is enough evidence to impeach Trump, while 47% said there is not.
  • 52% said House Democrats are expressing their constitutional powers in the impeachment inquiry. 40% said Democrats have abused their constitutional powers by pursuing impeachment.
  • A third (33%) of the respondents said they believe congressional Republicans are defending Trump too much. 41% approved of Republicans' defense of the president, while 17% percent said they are not defending him enough.
  • President Trump's approval rating has slightly grown since CNN's October poll, with 42% approving of his work and 54% disapproving.

Of note: More than 60% of the women in the poll said they back impeaching Trump and removing him from office, up from 56% in the October poll.

Methodology: This poll was conducted over Nov. 21-24 among a sample of 1,007 respondents and has a margin of error of +/- 3.7.

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The Senate voted 93-2 on Friday to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) were the sole "no" votes.

Why it matters: Austin is the first Black American to lead the Pentagon and President Biden's second Cabinet nominee to be confirmed.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the House will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Trump for "incitement of insurrection" on Monday.

Why it matters: The Senate is required to begin the impeachment trial at 1pm the day after the article is transmitted.

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In normal times, private equity would be nervous about Democratic Party control of both the White House and Congress. But in pandemic-consumed 2021, the industry seems sanguine.

Driving the news: Industry executives and lobbyists paid very close attention to Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen's confirmation hearings this week, and came away convinced that tax reform isn't on the near-term agenda.