Apr 17, 2017

Trump returns to his happy place: Rasmussen

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During the darkest days of the campaign, when Trump trailed Hillary Clinton by wide margins in just about every poll, Trump's campaign staff searched hard for some good news to print out and place on their boss's desk.

One trusty source of good news: the Rasmussen Reports polls, which historically tilt Republican.

Today, the President, who's been concerned about his approval ratings, retweeted a rare burst of good news — "Trump approval hits 50%." The source of this information will be no surprise to Trump's campaign staff.

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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