Mar 28, 2019

56% say Trump has done "too little" to distance himself from white nationalists

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The majority (56%) of respondents in a Pew survey conducted this month said they think President Trump has done “too little” to distance himself from white nationalist groups.

The big picture: Trump’s track record on calling out murder and abuse at the hands of white nationalists has long been target of criticism, especially after he said there were "very fine people on both sides" of a violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville that left 1 woman dead. A day after this month's mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, Trump denied that white nationalism is a "rising threat," claiming that it's "a small group of people that have very, very serious problems."

  • A majority of respondents in the Pew survey also said it's likely Trump has done unethical (72%) or illegal (64%) things during his presidency or during his campaign.

Between the lines: The poll was conducted from March 20-25, just days after the Christchurch shootings. However, it was "largely completed" before Attorney General Bill Barr released his summary of the Mueller report, which "did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."

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Japan to close schools through late March to control coronavirus outbreak

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that the government will ask elementary, middle and high schools around the country to close until late March as an attempt to contain its novel coronavirus outbreak, AP reports.

Why it matters: The government's decision — impacting 12.8 million students across 34,847 schools — comes as concerns mount about the spread of the virus in Japan, which has 189 confirmed cases and hundreds more abroad the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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What the coronavirus means for Trump's presidency

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A poor response to the coronavirus could be politically devastating for President Trump, and so far his administration has given the strong impression that it’s still scrambling as the risk of a pandemic mounts.

Why it matters: There’s only so much any president can do to stop a virus from spreading, and for now the coronavirus is still very much under control within the U.S. But if the disease get worse in the months ahead, and if the administration seems to be caught off guard, that spells trouble for public confidence in Trump.

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Coronavirus updates: New global case numbers surpass China's

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 is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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