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Trump incorrectly targets 9th circuit for blocking order on sanctuary cities


President Donald Trump also suggested that the 9th circuit is biased against him and his policies. | Getty


Trump attacks judiciary for blocking order on sanctuary cities


President Donald Trump also suggested that the 9th circuit is biased against him and his policies. | Getty


Poll: Border wall funding isn't worth shutdown


Sixty-one percent say of those surveyed say funding President Donald Trump's wall is “not important enough to prompt a shutdown.” | Getty


Deep schisms among voters at the 100 day mark


Republicans want President Donald Trump to push ahead on key campaign promises that have caused some stumbles early into the new administration, according to the poll. | Getty

POLITICO-Harvard poll finds sharp divides on health, environment and immigration

By Jason Millman

04/26/17 06:00 AM EDT

President Donald Trump promised on Election Night to unite the country – but nearly 100 days into his presidency, Americans remain profoundly divided on his policies, from health care to immigration to the environment.

While the general public opposes Trump’s plans to dismantle Obamacare, build a wall across the Mexican border and gut the Environmental Protection Agency, Republicans want Trump to push ahead on key campaign promises that have caused some stumbles early into the new administration, according to a new POLITICO-Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll .

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In the aftermath of the GOP’s decision to pull its Obamacare repeal bill from the House floor last month, 60 percent of the general public said they want Trump and Republican lawmakers to work with Democrats to fix Obamacare or move on to other issues. But just as many Republicans, who have been promised by their party for years that the health law would be dismantled, said Trump and Congress shouldn’t give up the effort to repeal or replace Obamacare.

“Doing nothing on the Republican side is probably the worst of all options,” said Bob Blendon, a Harvard expert on health care policy and public opinion who designed the poll with POLITICO.

Republicans this week are facing heightened pressure to revive the repeal effort, even as House leaders acknowledge they likely won’t pass a plan before the 100-day mark of Trump’s presidency despite recent pressure from White House officials. The White House, working with key House Republicans, on Tuesday night finalized text of an amendment meant to bridge intraparty divisions over the repeal effort – but it’s unclear if the deal will win enough support to pass the House.

Meanwhile, Democrats are newly energized, particularly by the fight over health care. Thirty-six percent of registered voters said the repeal effort makes them more likely to vote for a Democrat in 2018, while 24 percent said they’re more likely to vote Republican. After using Obamacare to rally their base for years, Republican leaders risk depressing voter turnout in the 2018 midterms if they fail to replace the health law.

“There’s a nervousness here that Republicans are not energized about doing nothing,” Blendon said. “They’re trying to get a bill that will energize Republicans.”

Glen Bolger, a longtime Republican pollster who co-founded the firm Public Opinion Strategies, stressed that Republican leaders should recognize the country is divided politically and push ahead with repeal.

“They need to do a better job of not worrying about that damn calendar and just worrying about the damn policy,” he said.

On immigration, only a third of adults said they favored a border wall, while 72 percent of Republicans support it. Among those who want the wall, an


Trump’s First 100 Days: What Mattered, And What Didn’t

The indelible takeaway from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was his unrelenting assault on political norms, the countless things he said and did that serious candidates just weren’t supposed to say or do. It was a reality-show circus of OMG, WTF and sometimes LOL, and it was all supposed to be disqualifying: his birtherism and vaccine denialism, his racially charged critique of a Mexican-American judge, his mockery of a disabled reporter and a Gold Star family, his insinuations that Vince Foster and Antonin Scalia were murdered, his refusals to release his tax returns or disavow David Duke, and finally his taped musings about where he likes to grab women. But none of it disqualified him. The norms that White House aspirants can’t make up crime statistics or admit they’ve never read a presidential biography or publicly urge foreign powers to hack their opponents’ emails are now ex-norms. You can’t even say that violating them is unpresidential, because their violator has been the president for almost 100 days.

The indelible takeaway from those first 100 days is that Trump’s assault on political norms has continued. In fact, he has violated Washington norms so casually and constantly that his norm-breaking is becoming normalized. That shattering of protocol and expectations may turn out to be more consequential than any of his massive policy promises or modest policy achievements to date.

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Some of Trump’s he-did- what ? provocations have been consequential in their own right, like his explosive accusation that President Barack Obama wiretapped him, which he refused to retract even after it was debunked, or his conspiracy theory about 3 million illegal voters, which many see as a prelude to a push to restrict voting rights. He’s flouted democratic norms with banana-republic attacks on journalists, judges, protesters, the Congressional Budget Office and other critics beyond his control. He’s flouted anti-corruption norms by refusing to divest his business empire, spending almost every weekend at his own clubs, and making little apparent effort to avoid conflicts of interest. He’s defied the Washington hypocrisy police with incredibly brazen flip-flops on Syria, Medicaid cuts, China, NATO, Goldman Sachs and the nefariousness of presidential golf. And even though he had no experience in government, he’s shocked Washington by surrounding himself with aides with no experience in government: his son-in-law, his daughter, the former head of a right-wing website and a Goldman executive.

What’s also shocking is what’s no longer shocking, like the president getting his news from "Fox & Friends," or calling the Senate minority leader a “clown,” or obsessively trashing Hillary Clinton months after he beat her, or congratulating Turkey’s leader for rolling back democratic rules, or repeatedly threatening to let the individual health insurance market collapse to score political points, or suggesting his speech to Congress was the best speech ever given to Congress, or appearing to suggest he thinks his “good friend” Luciano Pavarotti and even Frederick Douglass are still alive. Trump’s Twitter feed is a through-the-looking-glass jumble of baseless allegations, over-the-top boasts

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