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Trump Calls Fauci ‘a Disaster’ and Shrugs Off Virus as Infections Soar

October 20, 2020
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Maggie Haberman, Noah Weiland | The New York Times
President Trump attacked Dr. Anthony S. Fauci as “a disaster” on Monday and said, despite signs that the nation was headed toward another coronavirus peak, that people were “tired” of hearing about the virus from “these idiots” in the government.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sets deadline for COVID-19 stimulus deal

October 20, 2020
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the White House has until Tuesday to agree to a deal on a new coronavirus stimulus package if President Trump wants one before Election Day. Senate Republicans are unlikely to support a larger aid bill.
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‘Darkest part of the pandemic’ is approaching, says public health expert

October 20, 2020
Amna Nawaz | The PBS NewsHour
As the coronavirus surges across much of the United States, infection rates are particularly high in some less-populated Western and Midwestern states, including Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
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Biden hammers Trump for misleading the public about the coronavirus

October 17, 2020
Kelly O'Donnell | NBC News
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are taking aim at each other on the campaign trail. Trump lashed out at Biden and complained there is not enough scrutiny about his family, while Biden hammered the president about misleading the public about the coronavirus.
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Trump's advisers brace for loss, point fingers

October 17, 2020
Jonathan Swan | Axios
Three senior Trump advisers who recently talked to campaign manager Bill Stepien walked away believing he thinks they will lose. The big picture: The Trump campaign is filled with internal blaming and pre-spinning of a potential loss, accelerating a dire mood that's driven by a daily barrage of bleak headlines, campaign and White House officials tell me.
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From QAnon to dictators, Trump embraces those who embrace him back

October 17, 2020
Ashley Parker | The Washington Post
The question from NBC’s Savannah Guthrie should have been an easy one. Would President Trump denounce QAnon, the broad and outlandish conspiracy theory that, as she put it, argues that “Democrats are a satanic pedophile ring, and that you are the savior of that”? “Can you just once and for all state that that is completely not true?” Guthrie asked Trump on Thursday night during an hour-long NBC town hall. But Trump could not quite bring himself to denounce the group.
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Democrats’ Anger Over Barrett Could Have Big Consequences in the Senate

October 17, 2020
Carl Hulse | The New York Times
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is on a glide path to the Supreme Court, but she will leave behind a Senate badly torn by its third confirmation blowup in four years, with the potential for severe repercussions should Democrats take control next year.
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Georgia's race to the right prompts GOP fears over holding Senate majority

October 17, 2020
Manu Raju, Alex Rogers | CNN
This week, Sen. Kelly Loeffler took her move to the right to a new level: Touting the endorsement of a controversial House candidate from Georgia who has promoted the QAnon conspiracy and had been denounced by other Republicans before winning the GOP nomination in her race for making bigoted and racist comments.
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Barrett grilled at Supreme Court hearing

October 15, 2020
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
Judge Amy Coney Barrett seems to be on her way to becoming Justice Barrett after three days of confirmation hearings.
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