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Which Democrats are getting the most support from Wall St?

Is there turmoil in the Trump reelection campaign?

Well there's turmoil among Trump's pollsters. Some internal numbers leaked out showing the president doing very badly in battleground states. Trump denied them and then fired a bunch of the pollsters. So yeah a little turmoil there.

Is Mick Mulvaney on thin-ice with President Trump?

I don't think he is. Trump clearly doesn't like it when Mulvaney coughs during interviews as we saw in the ABC piece. But Mulvaney is well-liked in the White House and by Trump. So I think he's OK.

Which Democrats are getting the most support from Wall Street?

It's really a top three there. Joe Biden is the number one pick. He's fairly moderate and people think he can win. The other two: Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg are gaining a lot of Wall Street support.

And finally for The Rant: my rant this week is about Art Laffer, a conservative economist who's going to get the Presidential Medal of Freedom this week. Last week he blamed President Obama for the Great Recession, which is one of the more ridiculous things I've ever heard. That recession obviously started well before Obama, it was the financial crisis, the collapse of the mortgage market and the near failure of the banking system - to blame Obama is absurd.

Wales, early 19th century: During breaks from his law studies, William Robert Grove indulges in his passion for science to become an inventor. On his honeymoon in Europe, he learns about the new energy source everyone's talking about: electricity. After learning that electricity allows water to be broken down into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen, his intuition leads him to an idea that ends up making him a pioneer of sustainable energy production.

Watch the story of William Robert Grove in Eni's MINDS series, where we travel through time seeking scientists.

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here, and as we head into the weekend, a Quick Take on, well, the first bombing campaign of the new Biden administration. You kind of knew it was going to happen. Against some Iranian-backed militias in Syria, looks like a couple of dozen, perhaps more killed, and some militia-connected military facilities destroyed. I think there are a few ways to look at this, maybe three different lenses.

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Listen: The country's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, joins Ian Bremmer to talk vaccines, school re-openings, and when—and how—the pandemic could finally come end. He was last on GZERO World just weeks before the pandemic hit in the fall of 2019 and he described at the time what kept him up at night: a "pandemic-like respiratory illness." This time, he talks about how closely that nightmare scenario foreshadowed the COVID-19 pandemic. He also offers some guidance about what public health measures vaccinated Americans should continue to take in the coming months (hint: masks stay on).

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Afghanistan frustrated nineteenth-century British imperialists for 40 years, and ejected the Soviet army in 1989 after a bloody decade there. And though American and NATO forces ousted the Taliban government in 2001 over its support for al-Qaeda, there's no good reason for confidence that nearly 20 years of occupation have brought lasting results for security and development across the country.

But… could China succeed where other outsiders have failed – and without a costly and risky military presence? Is the promise of lucrative trade and investment enough to ensure a power-sharing deal among Afghanistan's warring factions?

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Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective from Stockholm on Europe In 60 Seconds:

Is there a military coup ongoing in Armenia?

Well, it isn't a military coup as of yet, but it's not far from it either. This is the turmoil that is resulting from the war with Azerbaijan, which Armenia took a large death loss. What happened was that the head of the armed forces asked for the prime minister to resign. That was not quite a coup, but not very far from it. Now, the prime minister sacked the head of the armed forces, there's considerable uncertainty. Watch the space.

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