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President Trump's approval rating stands at 38% according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, a drop of 5% since September and the lowest mark of Trump's presidency so far. 58% of Americans disapprove of Trump's performance.

  • The splits: Democrats (7% approve/89% disapprove), Republicans (81%/17%), Independents (34%/57%).
  • The trend: The biggest drops came among independents, whites and, more specifically, whites without college degrees — a key element of Trump's base.
  • The surprise low point: Among all the issues surveyed (hurricane responses, North Korea, health care, etc.), the highest percentage (59%) disapproved of Trump's stance on NFL players protesting during the anthem.

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Protesters gather in Kalorama Park in D.C. today before demonstrating outside the condo of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Photo: Cheriss May/Reuters

The Postal Service has urged state election officials to pay first class for mail ballots, which Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says could nearly triple the cost.

Why it matters: Senate Democrats claim that "it has been the practice of USPS to treat all election mail as First Class mail regardless of the paid class of service."