How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online

They were politically active Americans scattered around the country, dedicating their spare time to the 2016 presidential campaign or various causes. And the seeming fellow activists who called them to rallies via Facebook, or joined in the free-for-all on Twitter, appeared unremarkable. Except that their English sometimes seemed a little odd. “We are looking for friendship because we are fighting […]

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A lot of Americans spent 2017 bailing on the Republican Party

For much of 2017, President Trump’s poll numbers have been pretty consistent. In its most recent weekly average, Gallup has Trump at 36 percent approval — within two points of where he’s been since July. Trump is where he is because, while Democrats hate him and independents generally view him negatively, he continues to enjoy high approval ratings from Republicans. Eighty-two percent […]

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Americans are frustrated with Congress

The American public is frustrated that Congress hasn’t gotten much done and Republicans split on whether their party is getting in the way of President Trump’s agenda. Meanwhile, by two to one Americans think Congressional Democrats are doing more to get in the way of Mr. Trump’s agenda, but not offering their own agenda for the country. Congress has left […]

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Americans split 42%-42% on impeaching Trump

Just six months after his inauguration, Americans already are split down the middle, 42%-42%, over whether President Trump should be removed from office, a new USA TODAY/iMediaEthics Poll finds. While no serious effort is now underway in Congress to impeach Trump, the results underscore how quickly political passions have become inflamed both for and against the outsider candidate who won […]

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A Majority of Americans Endorse Net Neutrality Protections

The Federal Communications Commission last week took the first steps toward dismantling the regulatory framework created in 2015 to protect net neutrality. But a new Consumer Reports survey found that a majority of Americans value those protections. The 2015 rules were designed by the FCC under former chairman Tom Wheeler to safeguard consumers from practices that could restrict their choice of online content or […]

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Senators seek data on Americans caught up in surveillance

A Democratic privacy advocate and libertarian-minded Republican are asking the nation’s top intelligence official to release more information about the communications of American citizens swept up in surveillance operations. The request by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky adds to a chorus of calls for more transparency about how intelligence agencies use and […]

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Why Americans Vote ‘Against Their Interest’: Partisanship

Working-class Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump continue to approve of him as president, even though he supported a health care bill that would disproportionately hurt them. Highly educated professionals tend to lean Democratic, even though Republican tax policies would probably leave more money in their pockets. Why do people vote against their economic interests? The answer, experts say, […]

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Many Americans Disapprove of Trump but Are Open to His Agenda

President Donald Trump remains a historically divisive figure after one month on the job, despite growing optimism about the economy and support from a cross-section of Americans who either opposed his candidacy or backed it reluctantly, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. The poll found that 44% of Americans approve of Mr. Trump’s job performance, while 48% disapprove, making him […]

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