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From an analysis by Alexander Kliment and Gabe Lipton of Eurasia Group Media's Signal newsletter, here are some of the most popular leaders of the world's large countries:

Behind the numbers: Given that the state controls TV, where 90% of Russians get their news, Putin is certainly able to shape people's perceptions. But it would be a mistake to simply assume that this means his approval rating is "fake." Many Russians genuinely support him.

  • South Korea's Moon has won sympathy by taking a common man approach in sharp contrast to the aloof stylings of his predecessor, who was impeached for corruption.
  • Indonesia's Widodo has maintained his popularity by tackling corruption and improving people's standard of living.
  • In Marci's Argentina, the economy turned around just in time for his party to win important midterm elections late last month that will boost his efforts to reverse years of economic mismanagement by his predecessors.
  • And Trudeau's Canada has become the fastest growing economy among the world's seven advanced economies.

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Cuomo asks for “independent” investigator into sexual harassment claims

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on Feb. 24. Photo: Seth Wenig/pool/AFP via Getty Images

A top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he would authorize and "voluntarily cooperate" with an independent investigation run by New York's attorney general into claims he sexually harassed several women.

The state of play: The statement comes after a day of competing statements from Cuomo and AG Letitcia James over who would oversee an independent investigation into the governor.

Cuomo scandal snares Dems on #MeToo

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images   

The searing sexual harassment allegations made against Gov. Andrew Cuomo are trouble for Democrats far beyond Albany and New York.

Why it matters: They hammered Donald Trump after the "Access Hollywood" tape. Pilloried Brett Kavanaugh over Christine Blasey Ford. Defended President Biden when he was accused of inappropriate touching. Now, Democrats have to show whether they walk the "#MeToo" talk.

CPAC Republicans choose conservatism over constituents

Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

CPAC proved such a draw, conservative Republicans chose the conference over their constituents.

Why it matters: More than a dozen House Republicans voted by proxy on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in Washington so they could speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC. And Sen. Ted Cruz skipped an Air Force One flight as President Biden flew to Cruz's hometown of Houston to survey storm damage.