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Top Trump adviser bluntly contradicts president on covid-19 threat, urging all-out response

November 3, 2020
Josh Dawsey, Lena Sun | The Washington Post
Birx’s internal report, shared with top White House and agency officials, contradicts Trump on numerous points: While the president holds large campaign events with hundreds of attendees, most without masks, she explicitly warns against them. While the president blames rising cases on more testing, she says testing is “flat or declining” in many areas where cases are rising. And while Trump says the country is “rounding the turn,” Birx notes that the country is entering its most dangerous period yet and will see more than 100,000 new cases a day this week.
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As Voting Nears End, Battle Intensifies Over Which Ballots Will Count

November 3, 2020
Peter Baker, Michael Schmidt, Jim Rutenberg, Nick Corasaniti | The New York Times
With the election coming to a close, the Trump and Biden campaigns, voting rights organizations and conservative groups are raising money and dispatching armies of lawyers for what could become a state-by-state, county-by-county legal battle over which ballots will ultimately be counted.
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Candidates head to Florida as election nears

October 29, 2020
Ed O'Keefe | CBS News
With days to go until Election Day, both President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are campaigning Thursday in the key battleground state of Florida.
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Trump claims the nation is ‘rounding the turn’ on the virus as cases climb; Biden vows to ‘deal honestly with the American people.’

October 29, 2020
Annie Karni, Thomas Kaplan, Michael Cooper | The New York Times
The coronavirus pandemic — which has reshaped the presidential race by transforming the conventions, the debates, the way the candidates campaign and how voters cast their ballots — dominated the race on Wednesday as President Trump and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. held fast to the diametrically opposed positions they have staked out.
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Supreme Court won't block mail ballots in North Carolina arriving up to six days after Election Day

October 29, 2020
Pete Williams | NBC News
The Supreme Court late Wednesday declined to block lower court rulings that allow six extra days for accepting ballots sent by mail in North Carolina. The justices left the later deadline in place, a victory for Democrats in a presidential battleground state.
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Candidates dash to swing states as millions of Americans cast their ballots

October 28, 2020
Yamiche Alcindor | The PBS NewsHour
It has been a long day on the campaign trail, with appearance after appearance for President Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden and their running mates. The candidates are in an all-out sprint to the finish line of Election Day next Tuesday. But record numbers of American voters have already cast their ballots, uneasy about the pandemic and electoral legal challenges.
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Senate confirms Barrett to Supreme Court, cementing its conservative majority

October 27, 2020
Seung Min Kim | The New York Times
A bitterly divided Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as the 115th justice to the Supreme Court on Monday, elevating just the fifth woman to the court in its 231-year history and one who further cements its conservative shift — a legacy that will last even if Republicans lose power in next week’s elections.
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Presidential election just one week away

October 27, 2020
Ed O'Keefe | CBS News
This week, the presidential nominees are making their final stops in battleground states around the country with just seven days to go until Election Day
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President Trump falsely declares coronavirus is ‘ending’ as virus rates spike and financial markets dip

October 27, 2020
Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
Faced with record levels of U.S. coronavirus infections and a new White House outbreak, President Trump declared Monday that the pandemic was “ending anyway,” further tying his reelection bid to his ability to convince voters, including those at large rallies that defy health authorities, that the viral danger is fading. Financial markets fell as he spoke, with investors reacting to the growing infection rates and dwindling hope of a pre-election stimulus package.
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