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Biden’s plan to handle China

Election | In contrast to Trump’s sometimes-hawkish approach, Biden says he would keep China in check by strengthening ties with U.S. allies
by June Cheng
Posted 10/08/20, 05:55 pm

Earlier this year, Donald Trump’s presidential reelection campaign ran a 30-second television ad meant to throw doubt on rival Joe Biden’s ability to handle China. In it, viewers see the Democratic candidate’s head photoshopped onto a mannequin manipulated by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Words on the screen call the former vice president “China’s puppet.”

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A historic finish

Refugees | Trump administration sets refugee cap at new low
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/08/20, 04:16 pm

Few can boast of opening a new business during a pandemic, but Mohamad Hafez did just that. This summer he launched Pistachio, a French baroque, salon-styled coffee shop in West Haven, Conn., serving Turkish coffee, cold brew, and baklava. 

The architect-turned-artist-turned-barista could be your classic millennial—an overachiever with good taste, fitted suits, and bookish glasses. He designed a 48-story office tower in Houston’s central business district. When construction began in 2014, it was one of the largest spec projects in the world.

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No ordinary time

Supreme Court | Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination underscores the battles to come over Roe v. Wade and religious liberty
by Jamie Dean
Posted 10/08/20, 03:07 pm

The morning after President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the church bulletin at her Catholic parish in South Bend, Ind., bore the heading “The Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.”

The phrase “ordinary time” refers to the period outside special seasons on the liturgical calendar, but the times on this Sunday felt far from ordinary. 

Nine months into a painfully tumultuous year, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just six weeks before a contentious election jolted the nation—and the presidential race.

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