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Trump Was Never Very Popular, But How Will Americans View Him (And Biden) Now?

Trump Was Never Very Popular, But How Will Americans View Him (And Biden) Now?

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our (mostly1) weekly polling roundup. Poll(s) of the week On a very basic level, one big reason why President Trump lost reelection is that he wasn’t very popular. As of Nov. 3, his job approval rating was just 44.6 percent, and his disapproval rating was 52.6 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval average. That -8.1-point2 net approval rating was the third-lowest of any recent3 president on the day they stood for election to a second term. (Jimmy…

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Pelosi eyes combining Covid aid with mammoth spending deal

Pelosi eyes combining Covid aid with mammoth spending deal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she wants to attach a coronavirus relief bill to a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package that would avert a government shutdown later this month, raising the prospects of long-stalled stimulus relief finally being signed into law. The California Democrat said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed with her about combining the annual spending measures with coronavirus relief during their conversation Thursday, the first time in weeks the two leaders have discussed moving a relief…

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House votes to legalize weed

House votes to legalize weed

The House on Friday passed a landmark bill that would remove federal penalties on marijuana and erase cannabis-related criminal records. The bill passed by a vote of 228-164, with several Republicans on board. While the MORE Act is not expected to come up in the Senate this year, and likely won’t in the next session of Congress either, its passage nevertheless marks a monumental step in marijuana policy. “We’ve been patient for years on this,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.),…

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Top Pennsylvania Republicans pressure congressional delegation to challenge Biden’s victory

Top Pennsylvania Republicans pressure congressional delegation to challenge Biden’s victory

Dozens of Pennsylvania Republican state legislators, including the speaker of the House, are calling on the state’s Republican-heavy congressional delegation to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s victory when federal lawmakers certify the presidential election Jan. 6. “[W]e the undersigned members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly urge you to object, and vote to sustain such objection, to the Electoral College votes received from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021,” the lawmakers wrote in a…

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Becerra among new candidates for Biden’s health secretary

Becerra among new candidates for Biden’s health secretary

President-elect Joe Biden is eyeing three new candidates for health secretary after previous front-runners fell out of contention for the job this week, according to people familiar with the discussions. Those now under consideration include California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who ran the Department of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration. The Biden transition team’s attention has swiftly turned to new candidates for one of his administration’s most important…

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