Apr 30, 2017

Sunday shows recap

ABC's This Week

President Trump went on CBS' Face the Nation and guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions under the health care bill, called Kim Jong-un a "smart cookie" and explained why he ended up reversing himself over NAFTA. Meanwhile...

  • Mike Pence conceded on NBC's Meet the Press that Trump's tax plan could raise the deficit "in the short term" but contended that growth would cover that gap in the long term.
  • Reince Priebus said on ABC's This Week that the White House had "looked at" ways, including a Constitutional amendment, to change libel laws so Trump could pursue media outlets he believes aren't covering him truthfully.
  • Priebus also denied that Trump's White House invitation to President Duterte of the Philippines sent a signal that "human rights don't matter," saying it was about getting the "ducks in a row" in SE Asia over North Korea.

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Warren sees bump in national poll following Nevada debate

Photo by David Becker/Getty Images.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren surged to 19% and second place in a CBS News/YouGov national poll released Sunday, trailing front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (28%) but edging out Joe Biden (17%) and Michael Bloomberg (13%).

Why it matters: The poll notes that only 42% of Democratic primary voters have made up their minds. While Warren underperformed in the first three states, her strong debate performance in Nevada last week may have given her campaign new life.

Pence aide says intel report of Russia helping Trump is "false information"

Marc Short. Screenshot: Fox News

Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, claimed on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has not received intelligence that Russia is seeking to help President Trump win re-election, calling it "false information" that has been selectively leaked by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

The big picture: Short and national security adviser Robert O'Brien both dismissed reports published in the Washington Post and New York Times last week about a briefing provided by top election security official Shelby Pierson, an aide to outgoing acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire.

Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.