The Rundown-Weds 3/28: Trump poll numbers up..."it's the economy, stupid"

Some big news from Korea: 1) North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un met with Chinese dictator Xi Xinping. China probably wants to reassert some control of the process in the event that Kim meets with Trump, and when Kim meets with South Korean President Moon. 2) The US and South Korea reached a trade deal. It's not a very important deal and is probably a net loss for the United States but will likely be a small political victory for President Trump (even though these negotiations began under the Obama administration).

China says DPRK is open to denuclearization:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-china/china-says-north-koreas-kim-pledged-commitment-to-denuclearization-idUSKBN1H305W

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43564529

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/27/trump-south-korea-trade-deal-488708

 

President Trump's poll numbers are nearly at the highs of his presidency, though he's still very much under water at 42% approval, 54% disapproval in CNN's latest poll.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/26/politics/cnn-poll-trump-approval-rating-rises/index.html

The only issue on which more people approve of his performance than disapprove is on the economy -- which is the most important electoral issue. 

Supporting my thesis that all of this stuff about Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal won't move the political needle, Trump's poll numbers rose despite three times as many people believing the women as believing Trump's denials. 

In local news, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan says he will not run for re-election because he has been diagnosed with cancer. We wish Mayor Hogan the best in the battle he's about to face.
https://www.denverpost.com/2018/03/26/steve-hogan-aurora-mayor-cancer/

 

Also locally, Rene Lima-Marin appears that he may at long last be home-free. I hope so.
https://coloradopolitics.com/cuban-immigrant-set-for-deportation-released-in-colorado/

Interesting to see (or not see) President Trump's personal non-reaction to Russia while his administration takes, along with many of our allies, aggressive steps expelling Russian "diplomats" -- most likely to actually be spies -- from the US.

 

The left is very unhappy with the Commerce Department's decision to add a citizenship question to the Census that is constitutionally required every ten years. But the Department's own analysis suggests that the liberals' fear is not based on actual experience.

https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2018/03/us-department-commerce-announces-reinstatement-citizenship-question-2020

It didn't take long for California's radical leftists to sue:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/27/california-to-sue-trump-admin-over-citizenship-question-in-2020-census.html

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