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Polling data out today from the Atlantic Council offers a bleak portrait of the humanitarian crisis engulfing the country.

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Data: Atlantic Council March 2018 Poll; Note: "Very bad/Bad/Regular to bad", "Very Good/Good/Regular to good", "Get much worse/Get Worse/Equally bad", and "Get much better/Get better/Equally good" responses combined; Chart: Axios Visuals

Breaking it down: Three-quarters of respondents say they’re eating fewer meals. Concerns over the availability of food and medicine are near-universal. 88% say life is worse than a year ago, while 73% expect it to be worse a year from now.

So who do Venezuelans blame? 54% say President Nicolas Maduro is to blame for the hyperinflation that is wreaking havoc on the economy. 50% say his leadership is “very bad,” while 0.4% say it’s very good (overall approval sits at 22%).

And yet Maduro has little fear of being voted out in May. Brookings fellow and Stanford research scholar Harold Trinkunas says the regime is even “betting they might not have to steal too many votes.” That’s because the opposition is fractured, and divided over whether to take part or hold a boycott.

Go deeper: What the future holds for Maduro and other strongman leaders.

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51 people unaccounted for after Miami-area condo collapse

A view of the crumpled portion of the 12-story condo tower on June 24 in Surfside, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A massive search and rescue operation is underway after a portion of a 12-story condo building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed early Thursday morning, according to AP.

The latest: 51 people who were "supposedly residing" in the building at the time of the collapse have not yet been accounted for, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman said on CNN Thursday morning.

CDC extends final eviction moratorium for 30 days

People and students from Worker's Circle of Boston and members of City Life Vida Urbana protest to stop evictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Biden administration has issued a 30-day extension to the temporary halt in residential evictions, the CDC announced on Thursday.

Why it matters: The eviction moratorium, implemented to prevent a wave of evictions caused by pandemic-related economic decline, was scheduled to expire on June 30.

Pacific Northwest soon to be ground zero for record-shattering heat

Computer model projection showing the unusually strong heat dome over the Pacific Northwest on Sunday. (PivotalWeather).

A heat wave is bringing unprecedented high temperatures to the Pacific Northwest — a region of the country typically cooled by the ocean, rather than central air conditioning. The heat will begin Friday and last into early next week.

Why it matters: The heat wave will shatter monthly and all-time temperature records in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the records could break the old milestones by several degrees.

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