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President Trump and Joe Biden
. In Trump’s appearance, he continued to downplay the coronavirus and said, without evidence, that ballots with his name on them had been found in garbage cans. He also
linking Democratic leaders with a satanic pedophile ring. When asked about his recent retweet of a claim that Osama Bin Laden isn’t actually dead, he said “People can decide for themselves.” Moderator Savannah Guthrie clashed with the President on several occasions, and told him his claims sounded like “somebody’s crazy uncle.”
, the former Vice President discussed policies aimed at helping Black Americans in response to a question from a skeptical constituent. Biden didn’t clarify his position on the push by some progressives to add seats to the Supreme Court, a notion known as court packing, but he said he would do so before the election.
and averaging more than 50,000 new infections a day, a sign that the difficult winter so many health experts have predicted is already approaching. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
. And, contrary to President Trump’s claims about Covid-19, he said his experience should show that people need to take the situation very seriously. Meanwhile,
concluded remdesivir, the experimental antiviral drug, has little to no effect on the recovery of hospitalized coronavirus patients. WHO called the results “disappointing.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
before election day. McConnell, who favors a pared-down approach to coronavirus aid, said he will not consider any stimulus package over $1.8 trillion. However, the ongoing stimulus stalemate
. Stimulus measures in the early days of the pandemic helped bring the poverty rate down from 11% in February to 9.3% in June. However, continued economic woes have brought the rate back up to 11.1%.
. About 898,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week.
4. Mueller investigation
CNN has revealed the existence of a years-long investigation into
President Trump made to his own campaign in 2016. The three-year probe — which included a subpoena fight that went all the way to the Supreme Court — was kept ultra secretive, and could have had national security and diplomatic implications if revealed at the time. Federal prosecutors closed the investigation without bringing any charges, but its existence provides a new understanding of law enforcement’s suspicions of foreign interference in the 2016 election. There are still unanswered questions, however, as Mueller’s office and subsequent prosecutors never gained a complete understanding of the President’s financial ties.
. The UK’s government was hoping for an agreement by the middle of October so businesses could prepare for the final Brexit transition deadline at the end of the year, but that deadline has come and gone. The EU has offered to continue talks, but UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson may decide to walk away from the table instead. If he does, it could cost the UK’s economy — already floundering due to the pandemic — $25 billion next year. A limited free trade agreement with the EU could mitigate some of that damage.
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. And we bet you can’t stop thinking about it now.
That’s how many people have already voted,
, and Election Day is still more than two weeks away.
“Any wait time that exceeds this half-hour standard is an indication that something is amiss and that corrective measures should be deployed.”
to cast their ballot. Hours-long lines and technical difficulties mean millions will wait far longer than that this year.
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Have a great weekend, folks.