A new poll for CBS News and The New York Times has some good news for just about everyone in the 2016 presidential race, but also plenty of bad news. Donald Trump, for example, is the choice of 46 percent of Republican primary voters, his highest number yet in the poll, and 3 in 4 of them expect him to be the nominee. But he also has the highest unfavorable number among all voters, 57 percent, of any presidential candidate going back to at least 1984. Half of all voters say they would be "scared" if he were elected, and another 19 percent would be "concerned." A full 88 percent of Republican primary voters say their party is divided, only 51 percent have a favorable view of the party, and 60 percent are mostly embarrassed by the GOP presidential race.
Things are more cohesive for the Democrats, with only 33 percent saying the party is divided, 13 percent mostly embarrassed by the race, and 82 percent holding a favorable view of their party. Things are more dicey for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who has the second-highest unfavorable rating among all voters, 52 percent, and the enthusiastic support of only 40 percent of Democratic primary voters (versus 56 percent for Bernie Sanders — though Clinton beats Sanders when it comes to whom Democrats want as their nominee, 50 percent to 44 percent). Both Clinton and Sanders would beat Trump in a head-to-head matchup, by 10 and 15 points, respectively. Clinton would beat Ted Cruz by 3 points and lose to John Kasich by 4 points.
A majority of independents, meanwhile, hold unfavorable views of both parties — 77 percent view the GOP negatively and 55 percent say the same of the Democrats — and also their respective frontrunners, the poll found. The poll was conducted March 17-20 with 1,252 adults, and has a margin of error of ±3 percentage points. You can read more at The New York Times or CBS News. Peter Weber
Seth Meyers is trying to get to the bottom of the latest Washington mystery — is Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, a former member of President Trump's transition team, and someone who "looks like every guy you don't remember meeting," investigating Trump or working with him?
During Tuesday's Late Night, Meyers went over Nunes' past week, which involved him claiming to have seen evidence that communications involving people close to Trump were accidentally picked up by surveillance, telling Trump about it at the White House, and not sharing the information with his fellow committee members. Since his first solo press conference, additional bizarre details have come to light, like Nunes receiving a mysterious message while in a car with a staffer, then bailing for an Uber and vanishing into the night, leading Meyers to declare, "This whole thing is starting to turn into an episode of Dateline."
The public doesn't know what evidence was so explosive Nunes had to ditch one moving vehicle for another, but CNN reported that a Republican briefed on what Nunes has seen said it's "almost like the kind of trivia you would pick up" during a casual conversation, like where Trump was having dinner. "Nunes has been running around D.C. like he's James Bond just to find out where Trump had dinner? That surveillance feed must have been pretty boring," Meyers said, before slipping into his Trump-at-a-KFC impersonation: "'I'll have the 12-piece bucket, extra crispy, in fact it should be the same color as my skin. Thank you. I hope this isn't being tapped.'" Watch the video below, but be warned: It will probably leave you with more questions than answers. Catherine Garcia
While driving toward a tornado Tuesday afternoon near Lubbock, Texas, three storm chasers were killed when their SUV ran a stop sign and hit another car.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant John Gonzalez told CBS Dallas the storm had nothing to do with the accident; the vehicle collided with a Jeep, and all three storm chasers were pronounced dead at the scene. "We would encourage anyone driving down these remote roads to slow down and pay attention to traffic signs, especially in inclement weather," Gonzalez said. "It can become dangerous for all involved." Catherine Garcia
The House voted Tuesday 215-205 for a measure that repeals new Federal Communications Commission regulations that would have required high-speed Internet service providers get customers approval before sharing and using such personal information as their browsing history and app usage.
The rules were approved by the FCC in October, on a 3-2 party line vote. The broadband companies and Republicans argued that websites and social networks that collect information on customers and use it to place targeted ads are not subject to strict rules, while supporters — including Democrats and privacy advocates — said they are worried about what data the internet service providers will collect without permission. The Senate voted to repeal the measure last week, and President Trump is expected to sign it. Catherine Garcia
On Tuesday, Wells Fargo announced it has reached a $110 million settlement, covering dozens of lawsuits across the United States, in connection with employees setting up more than 2 million unauthorized accounts for customers.
The deal must be approved by a federal judge, and comes six months after the company agreed to pay $185 million in fines and penalties as part of a settlement with the Los Angeles city attorney's office and federal regulators. Wells Fargo has ended its system of having employees hit sales targets, as regulators said that it was caused workers to create the fake deposit and credit card accounts in order to make more money. Catherine Garcia
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has requested all DNC staffers submit their letters of resignation by April 15, NBC News reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the organization. While turnover isn't unusual when a new chair takes over, Perez's complete house-cleaning signals how drastically he plans to reorganize the Democratic Party.
Perez was elected in late February to replace interim chair Donna Brazile, who filled the position after former chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) stepped down just before the Democratic National Convention last summer. NBC News reported the "top-to-bottom review process" is intended to discern "how the party should be structured in the future," after it was pummeled in the 2016 elections.
Actor Alec Baldwin has hosted Saturday Night Live a record 17 times, but if you ask him, he doesn't think he's funny. In an excerpt adapted from his upcoming book, Nevertheless: A Memoir, published Tuesday in Vanity Fair, Baldwin said his first stint on Saturday Night Live in 1990 made him realize what it really takes to be funny:
Whenever anyone told me I was funny, I was reminded of when people in high school tell someone that he can hit a fastball or shoot a basketball well. Then he gets to college and everyone is big and fast and strong. After that, if he turns professional, everyone around him seems inhuman. They're the biggest, fastest, and strongest. That's what Saturday Night Live was like for me. The worst idea the writers there came up with was funnier than the best thing I could think up. My definition of funny changed while working with them. If people think I can say a line in a way that gets a laugh, I'll take it. But I'm not funny. The SNL writers are funny. Tina Fey is funny. Conan O'Brien is funny. You're only funny if you can write the material. What I do is acting. [Alec Baldwin, via Vanity Fair]
Baldwin admitted Fey's funniness swept him off his feet the first time he laid eyes on her. "When I first met Tina Fey — beautiful and brunette, smart and funny, by turns smug and diffident and completely uninterested in me or anything I had to say — I had the same reaction that I'm sure many men and women have: I fell in love," Baldwin wrote.
MSNBC just celebrated the biggest quarter in its 21-year history, and leading the charge is Rachel Maddow, whose Rachel Maddow Show ranked as the top cable news program among adults between the ages of 25 and 54 in March. As TVNewser observes, "Maddow, the dominant voice for progressives on cable news, may be benefiting the most from the Trump administration's first 100 days."
Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight is the usual winner in Maddow's time slot. MSNBC has never before earned a 9 p.m. win over Fox News in the coveted 25-54 demographic. Maddow's show also celebrated its biggest audience ever in March when Maddow teased a scoop about President Trump's tax returns.
Other shows on MSNBC are also doing well, including Morning Joe, which celebrated its most-watched quarter ever and ranked second in total viewers among all cable news programs in the time period. MSNBC is now the fastest growing cable news network, TVNewser reports. Jeva Lange