December 16, 2019

Fox News' most recent poll is full of blows to President Trump.

A poll by the network released Sunday found a solid half of Americans backed impeaching and removing President Trump — something that left Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade "stunned" on Monday morning. And when asked about both Trump and his Democratic rivals' signature policies, respondents delivered yet another defeat to the president.

Poll respondents were asked if they strongly or somewhat favored or opposed several proposals that 2020 candidates on both sides of the aisle are supporting. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) wealth tax got the biggest backing, with 68 percent of poll-takers saying they favored the proposal, 45 percent of them strongly. Trump's promise to build a wall along the U.S.–Mexico border meanwhile got 44 percent support, with 52 percent voicing their opposition.

In fact, the only thing less popular than the wall was replacing all private health insurance with a government-run program, which Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and other Democrats are championing as Medicare-for-all. It got just 41 percent of respondents to say they favored the program, with 53 percent saying they were opposed.

The poll was conducted Dec. 8-11 by Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Co. (R) among 1,000 registered voters nationwide. It has a margin of sampling error of ±3 percentage points. Kathryn Krawczyk

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.