Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told Democratic lawmakers during a phone call Wednesday that the Trump administration is developing a framework for getting the United States back into a state of "normality" in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Politico reports.
Fauci didn't provide any possible timeline, but he did say the White House will likely issue some guidance in the coming days about transitioning society out of lockdown eventually.
The cautious forward thinking is likely a result of some optimism among the White House coronavirus task force. Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the unit, told lawmakers there have been early signs that new cases are stabilizing in some areas, echoing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) comments earlier in the day.
That doesn't mean Fauci, Pence, or lawmakers are relaxing, of course. "They're starting to see, they think, this virus in some of these known hot spots begin to maybe top out," Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) told Politico. "There are some hopeful signs in New York and other places. But we all know there's a long way to go." Read more at Politico. Tim O'Donnell
The latest 2020 national poll from Monmouth University turned heads on Monday, as it showed former Vice President Joe Biden plummeting 13 points, effectively creating a tie between the supposed Democratic frontrunner and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). But 24 hours later, a new poll released by Emerson College on Tuesday made the Monmouth survey look like even more of an outlier.
Sanders closed the gap a little bit on Biden in the Emerson poll, but not nearly in such dramatic fashion. The former vice president still holds a fairly sizable lead, and it's been noted that Emerson polls have been favorable toward Sanders throughout the cycle — the senator led among voters aged 18-29.
Morning Consult has seemed to be a favorable poll for Biden, which has pegged his support above 30% for nearly the entire campaign. Arguably Emerson has been the same for Sanders. But yet another poll showing positive movement for Bernie. But look at Yang, Booker, and Gabbard(!?) https://t.co/y3r1Knd775
Elsewhere in the poll, Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) mostly held steady in third and fourth place, respectively, while South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg slipped behind entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who, along with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (R-Hawaii), received a bit of a jolt.
In theoretical head-to-head matchups with President Trump, Sanders and Biden were both victorious, while Warren and Harris each tallied a 50-50 split. The Emerson College poll was conducted between Aug. 24-26 and is based on responses from 1,458 registered voters using an Interactive Voice Response system of landlines and an online panel. The margin of error is 2.5 percentage points. Read the full results at Emerson. Tim O'Donnell