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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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The CDC moved too slowly at several points in the coronavirus pandemic, ultimately hindering the U.S. response, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb writes in a new book, Uncontrolled Spread.

The big picture: The book argues that American intelligence agencies should have a much bigger role in pandemic preparedness, even if that's sometimes at the expense of public health agencies like the CDC.

911's digital makeover

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A next-generation 911 would allow the nation's 6,000 911 centers to accept texts, videos and photos.

The big picture: U.S. emergency communications have remained stubbornly analog, but Congress is about to take another run at dragging 911 into the digital age.

Biden enlists business leaders in campaign for vax mandates

President Joe Biden at a meeting with business leaders Sept. 15, 2021. Photo: Oliver Contretas/Getty Images

President Biden convened a meeting of top business leaders Wednesday to build support for a sweeping vaccine mandate that will affect most of America's workers. The message: Vaccines work, and the stalled uptake is holding back the economy.

Why it matters: As vaccine rates have flattened across the country, business leaders have the power to impact their employees’ decisions. Many corporate leaders had been looking for stronger federal guidance to lean on.

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