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Samsung Electronics Debuts Industry-Leading 8TB Consumer SSD, the 870 QVO



Samsung Electronics nowadays added its second-generation quad-level cellphone (QLC) flash , the 870 QVO SATA SSD, that is putting a new popular for high-capacity patron storage. Featuring an industry-leading potential of up to eight terabytes (TB),1 the new SSD provides an uncompromising combine of speed, storage capability and reliability for mainstream and expert PC users.

In the past, buyers have had to pick between SSDs – which furnish most beneficial overall performance – and HDDs, which historically provide higher capacity. Samsung’s 870 QVO SSD, however, is capable to reliably provide the fantastic of each worlds, making it an superior preference for mainstream PC customers who prioritize overall performance and value, as nicely as for expert customers who require excessive stages of capacity.

“Following the launch of Samsung’s first client QLC pressure – the 860 QVO – in 2018, we are releasing our second-generation QVO SSD which gives doubled ability of 8TB as nicely as more suitable overall performance and reliability,” stated Dr. Mike Mang, vice president of the Memory Brand Product Biz Team at Samsung Electronics. “The new 870 QVO will enable extra shoppers to experience the overall performance advantages of an SSD at HDD-like capacities.”

The 870 QVO gives best-in-class sequential examine and write speeds of up to 560 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively,2 with the drive’s Intelligent TurboWrite technological know-how permitting it to hold top overall performance stages the use of a massive variable SLC buffer.3 The 870 QVO additionally grants a 13% enchancment in random study speed4 in contrast to the 860 QVO, making it ideally applicable for every day computing desires such as multitasking, gaming and internet browsing. The renewed Data Migration and Magician 6 softwares grant a host of accelerated and introduced features, enabling customers to upgrade, manipulate and optimize their SSDs with larger ease.

In addition to the industry-leading potential and performance, the 870 QVO affords an fantastic staying power ranking of up to 2,880 terabytes written (TBW), or a three-year constrained warranty.5

The 870 QVO comes in 1TB, 2TB, 4TB and 8TB models, and will be on hand from June 30, 20206 with a manufacturer’s cautioned retail charge beginning at $129.99 for the 1TB model.

Key Specifications:

1 Actual storage capacity may differ from what is indicated on product labels due to a certain portion of the drive’s capacity being taken up by system files and maintenance.

2 Performance may vary based on which version of the firmware the SSD is running and system hardware and configuration. Test system configuration: Intel® Core i7-7700k [email protected], DDR4 1200MHz 32GB, OS -Windows 10 Pro 64bit, Chipset – ASUS-PRIME-Z270-A

3 The Intelligent TurboWrite technology adjusts the buffer size to optimal level within the usable disk space; up to 42 GB for 1 TB model and up to 78 GB for 2TB, 4 TB, and 8TB models.

4 Random performance improved up to 13% with QD1 Random read

5 Product guaranteed according to limited 3-year warranty or TBW rating, whichever comes first. For more information on warranty, please find the enclosed warranty statement in the package.

6 Release date will differ for each differently sized model.

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The comments by French Health Minister Olivier Véran came the day after Rome invoked European Union powers to block the export of 250,000 Covid-19 AstraZeneca



Washington (CNN)Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren has quietly posted a nearly 2,000-page report documenting social media posts by her Republican colleagues who voted against certifying results of the presidential election on January 6. The information compiled isn’t secret, but the report is another sign of the deep distrust that has settled into the US Capitol in the weeks since the insurrection.

The report chronicles the social media activity of members on public forums immediately before the November election and right after the January 6 riot. The report has been online for a week.
CNN reported earlier Thursday that federal investigators are examining records of communications between members of Congress and the pro-Trump mob that attacked the Capitol, as the investigation moves closer to exploring whether lawmakers wittingly or unwittingly helped the insurrectionists.
In a preamble to the report, Lofgren — the chair of the House Administration Committee — wrote that she had asked her staff to pull the relevant social media posts and compile them in an effort to gather .
“Any appropriate disciplinary action is a matter not only of the Constitution and law, but also of fact,” the California Democrat wrote. “Many of former President Trump’s false statements were made in very public settings. Had Members made similar public statements in the weeks and months before the January 6th attack? Statements which are readily available in the public arena may be part of any consideration of Congress’ constitutional prerogatives and responsibilities.”
Lofgren continued, “Accordingly, I asked my staff to take a quick look at public social media posts of Members who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election.”
Tensions have risen within the Capitol since the January attack. A House floor that once was deemed impenetrable has been surrounded by metal detectors, while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, has said that “the enemy is within” the House, referencing the rhetoric and behavior of some Republican members of Congress.
“Like former President Trump, any elected Member of Congress who aided and abetted the insurrection or incited the attack seriously threatened our democratic government. They would have betrayed their oath of office and would be implicated in the same constitutional provision cited in the Article of Impeachment,” Lofgren wrote in her foreword to the report. “That provision prohibits any person who has previously taken an oath as a member of Congress to support the Constitution but subsequently engaged in insurrection or rebellion from serving in Congress.”
The report features a collection of social media posts and tweets that span dozens of pages from Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar where he urges supporters to “hold the line,” days before what would become the Capitol insurrection. In another social media post included in the report, Gosar wrote that “sedition and treason for stealing votes is appropriate.”
The report also captures numerous tweets where Gosar invoked @ on Twitter, which was formerly the account used by Ali Alexander, a leader of the “Stop the Steal” group, who said in several Periscope livestream videos that he planned the rally that preceded the riot in conjunction with Gosar and two other congressional Republicans, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Andy Biggs of Arizona.
CNN has reached out to Gosar’s office for comment.


(CNN)France said Friday it may follow Italy in blocking Covid-19 vaccine shipments as concerns about vaccine nationalism rise.

The comments by French Health Minister Olivier Véran came the day after Rome invoked European Union powers to block the export of 250,000 Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Australia, in a dramatic escalation of a dispute between the bloc and the drug giant.
“Of course, I understand what Italy did,” Véran said during an interview with CNN affiliate BFM on Friday. “We could do the same thing.”

AstraZeneca's vaccine contract with the UK is based on 'best efforts,' just like its deal with a frustrated EU

AstraZeneca’s vaccine contract with the UK is based on ‘best efforts,’ just like its deal with a frustrated EU
A spokesperson for Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi told CNN that Italy and the European Commission had agreed on the action. This is the first time that such EU measures have been used for vaccines. AstraZeneca’s supply chain includes a manufacturing plant in Anagni, Italy.
“We are closely discussing with Italians, as well as with all our European partners to have a European approach on the issue.” Véran said.
“Since the first day, France has believed in a shared European approach,” he added.
In late January, a public and acrimonious erupted between the EU and AstraZeneca over vaccine delays, after the company advised the bloc that it would deliver tens of millions fewer doses than agreed by the end of March.
The European Commission later adopted new measures giving member states the power to restrict the export of vaccines outside the bloc, in certain situations. Italy justified invoking the powers by citing AstraZeneca’s delays in supplying its vaccine to Italy and the EU, and noting that Australia is not considered a “vulnerable” nation to Covid-19 by the EU.
“The message is very clearly … that we expect companies with which the European Union has signed advanced purchasing agreements, to do their utmost to comply with the contracts with the delivery contracts that they have with the with the Member States,” Eric Mamer, the European Union’s chief spokesperson, said Friday.
He added: “The fact is that the European Union (EU) is a major exporter of vaccine doses.”
“We have always said, that we were actually in intense discussions with the company in order to ensure the respect of the schedule of deliveries because EMA has authorized this vaccine, and we are urging member states to use it.”

A nurse prepares to administer the first Covid-19 vaccine at a hospital in the northern French town of Dunkirk on February 17.

The European Commission’s executive vice president for trade, Valdis Dombrovskis, discussed the matter with his Australian counterpart Dan Tehan in a call on Friday.
“While we understand the political pressures at play within Europe, blocking exports to meet domestic vaccination targets is a very dangerous card for policymakers to play,” John Denton, the secretary general of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) warned in a statement Thursday.
He added: “The of getting vaccines to everyone, everywhere — without delay — will only be met through a collaborative global effort to scale manufacturing and speed distribution efforts. It’s not too late for governments to change course and avert the huge and social risks of a prolonged pandemic.”
Véran’s remarks come a day after France announced plans to accelerate the country’s coronavirus vaccine rollout program, with an increase in deliveries expected, according to French PM Jean Castex.
“The delivery of doses to France will increase in the coming weeks,” Castex said during a press briefing on Thursday.
“We will also be able to use the AstraZeneca vaccine more widely. The High Authority for Health has indicated that people over 65 are now eligible for this vaccine,” Castex added, noting that the government aims to vaccinate more than 20 million people by mid-May.
The EU’s vaccine rollout has continued to falter, pushing some increasingly frustrated member states to turn to outside nations for assistance. Only 5.5% of the EU population of 447 million has received a first vaccine dose, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

A woman enters a truck to receive a dose of Covid-19 vaccine outside her residential building in the Paris suburb of Stains on March 2.

Castex warned that only one in three health care workers in France have so far received a vaccine and said hospitals across the country are “still under strong pressure.”
Véran was also present at Thursday’s press briefing. “We have effective vaccines, starting with AstraZeneca. It is our responsibility to protect ourselves and those we care for,” he said.

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The original report — which was not public at the time — listed the number of nursing home deaths at nearly 10,000, according to the Journal



New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “needs to go to jail” for underreporting coronavirus-related nursing home deaths, Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean said on Friday.

“We knew that he was covering up the numbers and now we’re getting more and more information and facts that this is true,” Dean told “Fox & Friends.”

Dean said that “Melissa DeRosa, his top aide, was in on it to help Cuomo cover up the numbers, to downplay them.”

“She was the one in that Democratic lawmaker meeting behind closed doors, apologizing to Democratic lawmakers: ‘I’m so sorry we kept this information from you. We were afraid of the DOJ investigation.’”


Top advisers to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo influenced state health officials to remove data from a public report that showed coronavirus-related nursing-home deaths in the state had exceeded numbers previously acknowledged by the administration, a bombshell report says.

Details about the July report were disclosed Thursday night in a story first published by The Wall Street Journal. The final report focused only on nursing-home residents who died inside those facilities and did not include nursing-home residents who were transferred to hospitals after becoming sick, the Journal reported.

That means the state’s reported tally of 6,432 nursing-home resident deaths was significantly lower than the actual nursing-home death toll, sources with knowledge of the state report’s preparation told the newspaper.

Some top aides for New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo allegedly rewrote a June nursing home report from state health officials to hide the higher Covid-19 death toll among the state’s nursing home residents, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported Thursday night.

In its reporting, the New York Times cites documents and interviews with six people with direct knowledge of the discussions who requested anonymity.

Both the Times and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that some of Cuomo’s senior aides were involved in rewriting the report to lower the death toll in nursing homes, cutting it by nearly half.
The controversy stems from a report last summer from the state’s health department focusing on Covid deaths in long-term care facilities.

NY Attorney General Letitia James takes charge of Andrew Cuomo probe
NY Attorney General Letitia James takes charge of Andrew Cuomo probe

The original report — which was not public at the time — listed the number of nursing home deaths at nearly 10,000, according to the Journal. But it was later revealed in a state attorney general investigation that the state was not counting nursing home deaths if those people had been transferred to hospitals as their conditions worsened — and died there.–161896434/–161897674/–161896434/–161897674/

Beth Garvey, the governor’s special counsel and senior adviser, said that the “out of facility data was omitted after DOH could not confirm it had been adequately verified.”
“This did not change the conclusion of the report, which was and is that the March 25 order was ‘not a driver of nursing home infections or fatalities,'” Garvey said in a statement Thursday provided to the Times, CNN and other media outlets, referring to a directive requiring the readmission of residents recovering from Covid-19 into nursing homes.
The reported involvement of Cuomo’s aides demonstrates how far the governor’s office appears to have gone to obscure damaging data to maintain his reputation of a leader during the pandemic. Cuomo now faces accusations of a cover-up, bipartisan calls for an investigation and limitations on his executive powers.
In addition, he is simultaneously facing calls for his resignation following two allegations of sexual harassment and an accusation that he made unwanted advances on another woman at a 2019 wedding. Cuomo has denied any intentional wrongdoing and apologized, saying, “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable.”

The alleged intervention by Cuomo’s office in June is the earliest action currently known to delay the release of the data of nursing home deaths and happened as the Democratic governor was starting to write a book about his experience leading New York through the Covid-19 pandemic, the Times reported.
Cuomo apologizes, says he didn’t know he was making women uncomfortable and rejects calls to resign
Cuomo apologizes, says he didn’t know he was making women uncomfortable and rejects calls to resign
State Attorney General Letitia James issued a report in late January finding that the New York State

Department of Health undercounted Covid-19 deaths among residents of nursing homes by approximately 50%, essentially by leaving out deaths of residents who had been transferred to hospitals.
But the report also said the overall number of deaths did not change.

The attorney general also found that some nursing homes throughout the state failed to take proper infection control measures and did not isolate Covid-19 patients in nursing homes. Some nursing homes did not report Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes to the Department of Health, according to the report, and in one facility alone, underreported by as many as 29 deaths.
The Department of Health’s March 25 directive “may have put residents at increased risk of harm in some facilities,” the report found. Cuomo has said he was following federal guidelines, which said that with a doctor’s consent, Covid-19 patients could be returned to nursing homes if nursing homes were equipped to safely handle patients.

In February, his top aide Melissa DeRosa admitted in a call with state lawmakers that the Cuomo administration delayed the release of Covid-19 deaths in long-term care facilities over concerns about a Justice Department preliminary inquiry into their handling of the virus in nursing homes, at a time when former President Donald Trump was attacking Cuomo.
During a news conference a few days later, Cuomo claimed that the Department of Health had “paused” state lawmakers’ request for the Covid-19 death data because his administration chose to focus on the DOJ inquiry and deal with the immediate pandemic crisis.
Cuomo has said he regrets the way this was handled and should have done a better job in handling the information.

“I accept responsibility for that. I am in charge. I take responsibility,” he said last month.
“We should have provided more information faster. We were too focused on doing the job and addressing the crisis of the moment,” he said.
The Times reported, however, that Cuomo’s aides were fighting with top health officials about the nursing home data and concealing the numbers months before the Justice Department in August requested Covid-19 information from New York and three other Democratic-led states.
The changes to the 33-page report that Cuomo’s aides pushed for resulted in a bitter conflict with the health officials who worked on the summary, according to the Times.

The Department of Health showed the death toll about 50% higher than the figure being cited publicly at the time by the Cuomo administration.

In February, Health officials released data showing more than 15,000 confirmed and presumed Covid-19 deaths among New York nursing homes and other adult care facilities, such as assisted living residences. The publicly available death toll was roughly more than 8,700 before the state publicly released data on deaths of residents who died after being transported out of a facility.
“COVID Task Force officials did not request that the report conclude the March 25 order played no role; in fact Task Force Members, knowing the report needed to withstand rigorous public scrutiny were very cautious to not overstate the statistical analysis presented in the report. Overall, ensuring public confidence in the conclusion was the ultimate goal of DOH and the COVID Task Force in issuing the report,” Garvey said.

Her statement did not address the Times’ reporting about friction between the Covid-19 task force and Department of Health health officials.

But New York Department of Health spokesperson Gary Holmes said that the June report was a “collaborative process” between the Department of Health and the Covid-19 task force, and that the report’s purpose was to “ensure the public had a non-political evaluation for how COVID entered nursing homes at the height of the pandemic.”

“DOH was comfortable with the final report and believes fully in its conclusion that the primary driver that introduced COVID into the nursing homes was spread brought in by staff,” Holmes said in a statement Thursday.

“While early versions of the report included out of facility deaths, the COVID task force was not satisfied that the data had been verified against hospital data and so the final report used only data for in facility deaths, which was disclosed in the report. While the out of facility deaths were held aside for verification, the conclusions were supported by both data sets. ”
He claimed that the report establishes that the Department of Health’s March 25 advisory “was not a driver of nursing home deaths.”

Regarding his book and the timing of the Health Department’s report, Cuomo said he “referred to the July Department of Health report saying it showed the virus was brought in by staff before we knew of asymptomatic spread. That has been proven even more accurate over time.”

State officials now place the nursing-home and long-term-care facility death toll in New York at more than 15,000 residents, the Journal reported. The number represents deaths since March 2020 of residents confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus or presumed to have contracted it, the report said.


Janice Dean: Cuomo and aides ‘should go to jail’ for nursing home death cover-upVideo
Dean, whose in-laws died of COVID-19 in New York long-term care facilities, said, “They have never apologized to the families, 15,000 families that deserve an apology. The only thing this governor is going to be sorry for is the fact that he got . And you know what? He needs to go to jail and all of those around him. There is no ifs, and’s or but’s here.”

Cuomo has defended his administration’s actions regarding the nursing-home deaths, saying state officials had followed federal guidance and worked to manage hospital capacity as the virus spread, the Journal reported.

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Republicans who typically populate CPAC, such as Rand Paul in 2013 or Jack Kemp in 1993, rather than someone with broader appeal to voters.



The Senate steered on Friday toward a voting marathon on Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after enduring an extraordinary half-day holdup forced by a Republican foe of President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority.

The chamber planned to begin voting around midday on a mountain of amendments, mostly by opponents and virtually all of which were destined to be rejected. That would set the Senate on course toward approving its reworked version of the massive measure, probably over the weekend, and shipping it back to the House so it could whisk the final package to Biden for his signature.–161890832/–161890866/–161890832/–161890866/

Moments after the Senate took up the legislation Thursday, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., forced the chamber’s clerks to read aloud the entire 628-page measure. The exhausting task took the staffers 10 hours and 44 minutes and ended shortly after 2 a.m. EST, with Johnson alternately sitting at his desk and pacing around the mostly empty chamber.

SEE ALSO: What is, isn’t in Senate’s version of COVID-19 relief bill

Bill Ritter and guests discuss what to expect some the COVID relief bill

Democratic leaders made more than a dozen late additions to their package on Thursday. That reflected their need to cement unanimous support from all their senators – plus Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote – to succeed in the precariously divided 50-50 chamber.

The Senate’s 51-50 vote to start debating the package, with Harris pushing Democrats over the top, underscored how they were navigating the package through Congress with virtually no margin for error. In the House their majority is a scrawny 10 votes.

The bill, aimed at battling the killer virus and nursing the staggered economy back to health, will provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans. There’s also money for COVID-19 vaccines and testing, aid to state and local governments, help for schools and the airline industry, tax breaks for lower-earners and families with children, and subsidies for health insurance.

“We are not going to be timid in the face of a great challenge,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

SEE ALSO: Could this be final package with stimulus checks?

What’s riding on this negotiation is the $1,400 stimulus checks proposed by Pres. Joe Biden, but could this be the final round?

The new provisions offered items appealing to all manner of Democrats. Progressives got money boosting feeding programs, federal subsidies for health care for workers who jobs, tax-free student loans, and money for public broadcasting and consumer protection investigations.

Moderates won funds for rural health care, language assuring minimum amounts of money for smaller states and a prohibition on states receiving aid using the windfalls to cut taxes. And for everyone, there was money for infrastructure, cultural venues, start-up companies and afterschool programs.

Even with the late revisions, there was a good chance lawmakers will make yet another one and vote to pare back the bill’s $400 weekly emergency unemployment benefits to $300.

That potential change could also extend those emergency payments another month, through September. It was described by aides and a lobbyist who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal conversations.

Biden and Senate leaders had agreed Wednesday to retain the $400 weekly jobless payments included in the version of the relief bill the House approved Saturday. The reduction to $300 – which seemed likely to occur once the Senate begins a “vote-a-rama” on scores of amendments later this week – seemed to reflect a need to secure support from moderate Democrats.

MORE: Highlights of the COVID relief bill as it heads to the Senate

The COVID relief bill heads to the Senate: What’s in it for you?

It also left House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the task of keeping her chamber’s numerous progressives on board. Liberals already suffered a blow when their No. 1 priority – a federal minimum wage to $15 hourly that was included in the House package – was booted from the bill in the Senate for violating the chamber’s rules and for lack of moderates’ support.

In another bargain that satisfied moderates, Biden and Senate Democrats agreed Wednesday to tighten eligibility for the direct checks to individuals. The new provision completely phases out the $1,400 payments for individuals earning at least $80,000 and couples making $160,000, well lower than the ceilings.

“My hope is they don’t screw around with it too much,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said of the Senate in an interview. “If they do there could be some problems.”

Congress wants to send the bill to Biden before March 14, when a previous round of emergency benefits for people tossed out of work by the pandemic expires.

Johnson told he was forcing the bill’s reading to “shine the light on this abusive and obscene amount of money. ” Schumer said Johnson would “accomplish little more than a few sore throats for the Senate clerks.”

VIDEO: Biden encourages lawmakers to act ‘quickly and boldy’ on COVID relief bill

President Joe Biden encourages lawmakers to act “decisively, quickly and boldly” after the COVID-19 relief bill passed in the House.

Asked about GOP delays, Biden told reporters he’s talked to Republican lawmakers and added, “We’re keeping everybody informed.” Biden met last month with Republican senators who offered a plan one-third the size of Democrats’ proposal, and there have been no signs since of serious talks.

Johnson’s move pointed to a larger GOP argument: Democrats were ramming an overpriced bill through that disregarded that growing numbers of vaccinations and other signs suggesting the country’s pandemic ordeal is beginning to ease.

“Instead of heading into a dark tunnel, we’re accelerating out of it,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
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Raising the minimum wage is popular
Democrats got some bad news last week when the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the Senate could not include a minimum-wage hike as part of its COVID-19 relief bill. The party’s goal of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour now faces a more difficult path to passage (had the Senate parliamentarian said it was fine to include, a simple majority in the Senate could have passed it). Now, if the Senate takes it up, it will be as a separate bill that would need to get the support of at least 60 senators.

But arguably, forcing an up-or-down vote on the minimum wage alone is the best leverage its proponents have. Raising the minimum wage is popular with the American public, even as dramatic a raise as to $15 an hour (it is currently $7.25 an hour). This week’s Morning Consult/Politico poll found that registered voters support it 60 percent to 32 percent. An Ipsos/Reuters survey from last month found roughly the same thing: 59 percent of adults in support and 34 percent in opposition. Monmouth University this week did find less support for it, but even in that survey, 53 percent of adults still supported a $15 minimum wage, while 45 percent were against it.

The higher wage’s popularity could put pressure on swing-state Republicans (not to mention hesitant Democrats like Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema) to vote for it — and if they don’t, Democrats would be able to attack them on it in their next election, so a policy loss could still be a political win.

How popular is your governor?
Between scandals and recall elections and COVID-19, governors have been in the news a lot lately. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence, then, that we’ve gotten quite a few polls of governors’ approval ratings in the past month.

How governors stack up
Share of respondents in 12 states saying they approve or disapprove of their governor’s job performance, according to polls conducted since Feb. 5

MA Charlie Baker R 74 20 +54
NH Chris Sununu R 72 25 +47
UT Spencer Cox R 63 22 +41
TX Greg Abbott R 54 35 +19
WA Jay Inslee D 52 35 +17
FL Ron DeSantis R 55 38 +17
VA Ralph Northam D 49 33 +16
SD Kristi Noem R 55 44 +11
NC Roy Cooper D 49 39 +11
MI Gretchen Whitmer D 52 47 +5
NV Steve Sisolak D 48 43 +5
NY Andrew Cuomo D 48 45 +3
Numbers for Cuomo are an average of five polls; numbers for Abbott are an average of three polls; numbers for DeSantis and Cooper are an average of two polls each. Numbers for all other governors are based on one poll each. When a poll provided numbers among both adults and registered voters, we used registered voters.


Because these numbers come from several different pollsters (and some are of adults while others are of registered voters), be careful making direct comparisons between governors — but we can still draw a few undeniable conclusions. For example, Govs. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire are still extremely popular — despite being Republicans in not-very-red states. And although liberals have lambasted them for their permissive COVID-19 safety protocols, Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida, Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Greg Abbott of Texas are doing just fine politically, with average net approval ratings1 of +17 points, +11 points and +19 points, respectively. (Note that, in Abbott’s case, the polls were all conducted before this week’s announcement that he’d be fully reopening the state. However, there’s good reason to believe that won’t harm his approval rating much.)

On the other hand, Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Steve Sisolak of Nevada and Andrew Cuomo of New York are divisive figures in their home states. That’s perhaps not too surprising for Whitmer and Sisolak, who hail from swing states and won their 2018 elections by close margins. But Cuomo, who earned near-universal acclaim from New Yorkers just one year ago, has experienced quite a fall from grace amid allegations that he sexually harassed or made unwanted advances toward three women and that his administration deliberately undercounted the number of nursing-home residents who died of COVID-19 for political gain. Only two surveys have been conducted since the sexual-harassment scandal gained traction (the numbers above are based on an average of those polls and three older ones), but they contained some of Cuomo’s worst numbers yet: Emerson College/WPIX-TV/NewsNation gave him a 38 percent approval rating and a 48 percent disapproval rating, and Quinnipiac University put him at 45 percent approval and 46 percent disapproval.

Several polls asked respondents separate questions about whether they approved of their governor’s handling of the pandemic, and the numbers generally tracked closely with their overall approval ratings. However, it’s hard to know which is influencing the other here. It’s possible that Americans are primarily judging their governors on their coronavirus performances (and thus basing their overall job approval on how they view their governors’ handling of the pandemic) or that Americans are judging governors’ coronavirus performances on whether they support them overall (and thus basing their approval of their governors’ handling of the pandemic on how they view their governors more generally).

Ignore the CPAC straw poll
On , headlines blared the results of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, which found that 55 percent of CPAC attendees wanted former President Donald Trump to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2024. (DeSantis finished second with 21 percent, and Noem was third with 4 percent.) But unfortunately, those headlines did not add some important caveats: The CPAC straw poll is not a scientific poll, and it is not at all predictive of who will actually win the next GOP presidential primary — especially three years beforehand.

In the nearly 50-year history of CPAC, its straw poll has correctly picked the next Republican presidential nominee only six times.2 And most of those times, it was an easy choice: Either the straw poll was happening amid the presidential primaries in the election year itself (1980, 2000, 2012) or there was an incumbent Republican president who was obviously going to be the nominee (1984, 2019). There was only one time the straw poll accurately predicted the nominee this far out (Mitt Romney in 2009). More often, the straw poll winner is someone with special appeal to the activist Republicans who typically populate CPAC, such as Rand Paul in 2013 or Jack Kemp in 1993, rather than someone with broader appeal to voters.

Trump may be the Republican standard-bearer again in 2024. Or he may not. But don’t pay any attention to the CPAC straw poll when trying to guess which it’ll be.

Biden approval

According to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker,3 52.7 percent of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing as president, while 38.6 percent disapprove (a net approval rating of +14.2 points). At this time last week, 54.5 percent approved and 38.2 percent disapproved (a net approval rating of +16.3 points). One month ago, Biden had an approval rating of 53.8 percent and a disapproval rating of 35.8 percent, for a net approval rating of +17.9 points.
The economic recovery began to stall late last year as the virus surged, causing a shortfall in hiring in recent months. Employers added just 49,000 jobs in January and cut 227,000 jobs in December. Economists estimate that the February employment report being released Friday will show gains of 175,000, not nearly enough to swiftly recover the nearly 10 million jobs lost to the pandemic-induced recession.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates economic growth will exceed 4% this year without Biden’s rescue package. Republicans cite that as evidence the economy is pointed upward, but Democrats say a strong economic stimulus is still needed to prevent a relapse.

“It’s a crisis that is still very much with us, and it is deadly, deadly serious,” Schumer said.

Associated Press writers Josh Boak, Alexandra Jaffe and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.

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