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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Worse Than George W. Bush! Poll Shows Plunging World Approval Of U.S. Leadership

Earlier this week, based on a survey of nearly 2000 participants, Politico and Morning Consult found more than a third of Americans would give Donald Trump a failing grade for his first year in office. Poll respondents were especially disgusted with his handling of climate change and foreign relations, among other policy matters. Judging from the Rating World Leaders: 2018 report published Thursday, the rest of the world feels much the same way.

According to Gallup, the median approval rating of U.S. leadership abroad has slid from 48 to 30 percent since Trump took office. That’s four points lower than President George W.…

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Poll: By 48 Percent To 28 Percent, Americans View Mueller As ‘Fair’

A new Marist poll published on Wednesday indicates that 48 percent of Americans believe the special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign is being conducted fairly. At just below half that may appear to be weak approval — until it is contrasted with only 28 percent who consider Robert Mueller’s investigation unfair. Remaining undecided are 23 percent.

And 68 percent, or more than two-thirds, believe that Mueller should be allowed to complete his investigation.

Taken within the context of that same poll’s broader findings — which indicate a striking loss of public confidence in national institutions such as Congress, the two main political parties, and the media — the public perception of Mueller’s investigation doesn’t look bad at all.…

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Four Reasons Why Trump Should Fear Bannon Testimony

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Donald Trump should be worried.

Former Trump campaign strategist and White House adviser Steve Bannon, summoned by subpoena to testify for special counsel Robert Mueller, has reportedly said he will “cooperate fully.”

News of the subpoena came Tuesday, the same day Bannon testified in a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Make that very worried.

Bannon was warned not to talk to the House investigators. The White House told Bannon to invoke executive privilege, to refuse to talk about his time during the transition and in the White House, and he did so, demonstrating fealty to Trump.…

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