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Plot twists and poll numbers

News analysis | A rancorous debate, a presidential COVID-19 diagnosis, and a high-stakes Supreme Court nomination set an unpredictable stage for the 2020 election
by Jamie Dean
Posted 10/07/20, 02:47 pm

When Jaime Harrison arrived for a televised debate with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Oct. 3, the Democratic challenger brought his own personal protective equipment: Harrison set up a tall, multipaneled, plexiglass divider around his lectern.

“Tonight I’m taking this seriously,” he said.

It had been a seriously distressing week: Four days earlier, President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden faced off in their first presidential debate, and the evening proved a source of misery for moderator and viewers alike.

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Trump: No virus stimulus bill before election

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/06/20, 06:38 pm

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin negotiated for months on more aid for Americans affected by the coronavirus lockdowns. President Donald Trump on Tuesday told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to shift his attention to confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and to postpone talks on a stimulus package until after the Nov. 3 election. He said the Democrats’ proposals included too much spending that had nothing to do with COVID-19 relief.

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Top Pentagon officials quarantine

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/06/20, 06:18 pm

WASHINGTON—Adm. Charles W. Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. The heads of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, are self-quarantining due to potential exposure. “No Pentagon contacts have exhibited symptoms, and we have no additional positive tests to report at this time,” Defense Department spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Tuesday. Officials do not believe Ray contracted COVID-19 in connection with the outbreak among President Donald Trump and White House staff.

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