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The partisan gap in Americans' concerns about U.S.-Russian relations has widened — and flipped — since President Trump was elected last year, per a Pew report.

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Reproduced from a Nov. 9, 2017 Pew Research Center study.

Behind the numbers: Pew has shifted wording on its questions about Russia over the years, depending on relevant foreign policy issues. In 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013 and 2015, respondents were asked their views on "growing authoritarianism in Russia." In 2009 and 2013, they were asked about "growing tensions between Russia and its neighbors." Respondents were asked about "tensions with Russia" in 2016 and "Russia's power and influence" in 2017.

Key takeaways:

  • Democrats and Republicans generally agreed on whether Russia posed a threat to the U.S. until the Trump era.
  • In the full pool of respondents, 52% said Russia is a major threat and 38% called it a minor threat.
  • Per the report, 46% of Americans think China poses a major threat; 59% say so about climate change; 68% feel threatened by ISIS.
  • The share of Americans who see ISIS as a threat has dropped from 83% in 2015 to 68% this year.
  • A significantly larger portion of respondents feel threatened by North Korea's nuclear program (75%) compared to Iran's program (53%).

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42 mins ago - Technology

Intel CEO wants to compete against Apple

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger hasn't given up on the idea of the Mac once again using Intel chips, but he acknowledges it will probably be years before he gets that chance.

  • In the meantime, he is focused on powering Windows machines that give Apple CEO Tim Cook a run for his money.

Why it matters: In getting pushed out of the Mac, Intel not only lost a customer, but picked up a new rival.

46 mins ago - Health

Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, in an "Axios on HBO" interview, said he's reluctant to withhold federal funding from states that won't enforce school mask mandates because he doesn't want to hurt students.

Why it matters: Cardona's comments suggest there are limits to how far the Biden administration will go in pressuring states to adopt universal masking — or vaccine mandates.

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57 mins ago - Axios on HBO

GOP senator smacks Trump

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told “Axios on HBO” he’s not sure former President Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination if he ran in 2024 — a rare voice of criticism from within the party.

  • When I raised the conventional wisdom that Trump would be expected to win the nomination, Cassidy jumped in.“
  • I don't know that,” the senator said during our interview in Chalmette, La.

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