Feb 6, 2017

Trump urges his fans to ignore bad polling on refugee ban

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President Trump's first two tweets today seem like a response to polling on his executive order on immigration and refugees, which haven't gotten a great reception nationwide:

Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting... I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!

Polls that disapprove of the ban: 53% (CNN/ORC), 51% (CBS News).

Poll that approves: 49% (Reuters/IPSOS)

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Congress' $250 billion PPP injection could come too late for some businesses

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Before the Paycheck Protection Program formally launched last Friday, we knew two things: The rollout would be rocky, and the initial $250 billion wouldn't be enough for America's small businesses.

The state of play: Banks and government officials have been working to smooth out the process, and on Thursday the Senate will vote to pump another $250 billion into the program.

Fauci: Social distancing could reduce coronavirus death toll to 60,000

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NBC's "Today" on Thursday that he's hopeful that social-distancing measures in place across the U.S. will reduce the total number of coronavirus deaths.

Why it matters: Fauci said that while early models projected between 100,000 and 200,000 U.S. deaths from the pandemic, he now believes that number could come down to 60,000 — but he emphasized the importance of keeping social distancing in place to ensure that trend holds.

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OPEC+ and G20 energy meetings mark zero hour for oil diplomacy

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The next two days will be pivotal for determining whether large oil-producing countries can partially stabilize an industry reeling from very low prices and the historic, coronavirus-fueled collapse in demand.

Driving the news: The OPEC+ group led by Saudi Arabia and Russia begin meeting remotely later Thursday morning to discuss production cuts, to be followed by a virtual Friday meeting among G20 energy ministers that includes the U.S.