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  Biden vows unity can ‘save this country’; Trump targets Midwest

The aggressive schedule is a sign of confidence by the Biden team, which is trying to stretch the electoral map and open up more paths to 270 electoral college votes. Trump is countering by focusing on the Democrats' “blue wall” states.

Social media CEOs to face grilling from Republican senators

  Barrett sworn in at court as issues important to Trump await

Judge: US can’t replace Trump in accuser’s defamation suit

  After high court ruling, DOJ wants census challenges stopped

  Voting by mail isn’t so easy on Native American reservations

Mississippi absentee voting continues to increase

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  1,000-plus faith leaders call for ‘free and fair election’

  Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath

  Barrett sworn in as associate justice for US Supreme Court

  Trump eyes hosting election night party at his DC hotel

  Man charged in burning of ballot drop box in Boston

  Stocks have their worst day in a month as virus cases surge

  Bradshaw hoping to play spoiler in race with Trump ally Hagerty for Tennessee U.S. Senate seat

Among the high-profile races across the country is the bid to replace outgoing Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee. Democratic candidate Marquita Bradshaw is working to turn the seat blue as Trump ally Bill Hagerty goes into the home stretch with the support of the Republican Party.

  Stimulus standoff in Washington imperils jobless and small businesses

It’s possible, if unlikely, that a small economic-relief package will be approved in a post-election “lame duck” session of Congress. More likely, a broad rescue measure could be enacted early next year.

  Jews For Trump car parade stirs protests, fights in New York

Skirmishes broke out between supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump as a Jews For Trump convoy of hundreds of cars draped with American flags and Trump 2020 banners rolled slowly through Manhattan and Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon.

  Officer suspended for blaring ‘Trump 2020’ from NYPD vehicle

The NYPD prohibits officers from “endorsing political candidates or publicly expressing personal views and opinions” about candidates while on duty or in uniform.

  Californians see power shutoffs as winds, fire danger rise

  Trump aide: ‘We’re not going to control the pandemic’

  FBI investigating fire set in Boston ballot drop box

  Halloween goes on at the White House with a few twists

  Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems' advantage

  Senate votes to advance Barrett; confirmation expected Monday

  Pence to keep up travel despite contact with infected aides

The vice president's office says Pence does not have to quarantine because he is considered an essential worker.

  Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days

In addition to a spike in coronavirus cases in the U.S., the percentage of people who are testing positive for COVID-19 is up in many parts of the country.

  Murkowski’s nod gives Barrett extra boost for Supreme Court

The fast-track confirmation process is like none other in U.S. history so close to a presidential election.

  Voter advocates hoping to stave off intimidation at polls

While gun rights advocates say fears of violence at the polls are unfounded, the toxic political atmosphere and the prospect of armed poll monitors have some worried.

Work already underway for presidential inauguration

Visitors to the U.S. Capitol and the White House can see preparations already underway for the Jan. 20 ceremony to inaugurate the to-be-determined next president.

  Battleground postal delays persist with mail voting underway

The delays are a worrisome sign for voters who still have not returned their absentee ballots.

  Trump to vote in Fla., hold 3 rallies; Biden focuses on Pa.

The coronavirus was a central topic for both candidates on Friday as Trump headed to Florida and Biden prepared to address the topic in Delaware.

  Senate GOP marches ahead on Barrett over Democrats’ blockade

Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, is expected to be confirmed on Monday and quickly join the court.

  Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

The deal, which would deepen Sudan’s engagement with the West, follows Trump’s conditional agreement this week to remove the North African nation from the list of state sponsors of terrorism if it pays compensation to American victims of terror attacks.

  Trump campaign tapes voters at drop boxes, threatens lawsuit

The campaign acknowledged the taping in a letter from a lawyer that complained it had caught voters on video illegally depositing multiple ballots. City elections officials responded they could not confirm the activity was inappropriate under Pennsylvania law.

  Walmart sues US in pre-emptive strike in opioid abuse battle

Walmart filed a lawsuit saying that the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are blaming the company for the government’s own lack of regulatory and enforcement policies to stem the crisis.

Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US

The count determines the number of congressional seats each state gets, where roads and bridges are built, how schools and health care facilities are funded, and how $1.5 trillion in federal resources are allocated annually.

  Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden scrapped over how to tame the raging coronavirus in Thursday’s final 2020 debate.

  Trump, Biden supporters line streets of Nashville sharing thoughts on presidential candidates

There was no public access to Belmont’s campus for the debate. But you wouldn’t have known that from the way that Trump and Biden supporters lined the streets in Nashville.

  AP FACT CHECK: Falsehoods and fumbles in Trump-Biden debate

A look at how their statements from Nashville, Tennessee, stack up with the facts.

  US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

The voter intimidation operation apparently used email addresses obtained from state voter registration lists, which include party affiliation and home addresses and can include email addresses and phone numbers.

Facebook, Twitter CEOs ordered to testify by GOP senators

With Democrats boycotting the hearing, the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted to authorize the legal orders if Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey did not agree to testify voluntarily.

  Trump posts ‘60 Minutes’ interview before it airs

The footage shows Trump growing increasingly prickly as anchor Lesley Stahl presses him on the coronavirus pandemic, his slipping support with suburban women and other issues.

  With debate closed to the public, crowd waits off campus to support candidates

If you’re looking for differing opinions at the site of the final presidential debate, you’ll find them.

  GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett as Democrats boycott

Democratic senators refused to show up in protest of the GOP’s rush to install President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  Race in America highlighted in final presidential debate in Nashville

By tonight when it’s all over, Tennessee will have hosted a grand total of two presidential debates and both of them will have happened here at Belmont University.

  President Trump holding Nashville fundraiser before debate

The invitation promises a roundtable discussion and photo opportunity with Trump. Ivanka Trump is also expected to attend a reception.

Time replaces logo on magazine cover with ‘Vote’

The double edition is filled with articles and editorials related to the election and its implications.

Edward Snowden gains permanent residency in Russia

Snowden is a former NSA contractor who fled the U.S. to avoid prosecution after allegedly publicly disclosing classified information in 2013.

  In pitch for Biden, Obama urges voters to cast Trump out

Obama's visit underscores the significance of Pennsylvania, the swing state Biden himself has visited the most this campaign.

  US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

The allegations underscored the U.S. government's concern about efforts by foreign countries to influence the election by spreading false information.

  Final preps underway for presidential debate in Nashville

The stage is set for the final presidential debate in Decision 2020, the showdown happening just up the road from Memphis.

  Trump tends to his electoral map, Biden eyes Obama boost

As Trump was on the road, Biden was meeting at his lakeside home in Wilmington, Delaware, with senior adviser Ron Klain, who is in charge of debate preparation.

Democrats to boycott Barrett vote, Senate GOP pushes ahead

The Senate is planning a rare weekend session to push the nominee toward confirmation on Monday.

  Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill have taken a modest step forward, though time is running out and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump’s most powerful Senate ally, is pressing the White House not to move ahead right now.

  US officials: Russia and Iran have obtained voter info

It is against federal law to intimidate voters, and officials in the affected areas are working with FBI and Homeland Security to find out who is behind the emails.

  Man accused of threatening Biden, Harris in note to neighbor

A Maryland man was charged Wednesday with making death threats against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris in a letter left on the doorstep of a neighbor who had yard signs supporting the candidates.

Parents of 545 children separated at border can’t be found

The families were separated between July 2017 and June 2018 under a “zero-tolerance” policy to criminally prosecute every adult who entered the country illegally from Mexico.

  Officer to be disciplined for wearing pro-Trump mask at voting site in Fla.

As a uniformed officer, wearing a political mask supporting any candidate is "unacceptable" and a violation of police department policy, officials say.

  McConnell warns White House against COVID relief deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he’ll schedule a vote if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration are able to seal an agreement on a huge COVID-19 relief bill.

Justice Dept. files landmark antitrust case against Google

The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Google for antitrust violations, alleging that it abused its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and harm consumers.

  San Francisco set to pass legislation - called CAREN - about racist 911 calls

All 11 supervisors have signed on to the CAREN legislation, guaranteeing it will pass, despite some criticism that the name is sexist and divisive.

Cough keeps Melania Trump off campaign trail

Her chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, said Tuesday that Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recent recovery from COVID-19, but has a lingering cough.

US, Russia appear set to extend last remaining nuclear pact

Russia said Tuesday it’s ready to accept a U.S. proposal to freeze the number of nuclear warheads and extend the two nations' last arms control pact for one year and Washington responded that it’s prepared to make a quick deal.

AP finds most arrested in protests aren’t leftist radicals

Attorney General William Barr has urged his prosecutors to aggressively go after protesters who cause violence and has suggested that rarely used sedition charges could apply. But defense attorneys question why the Department of Justice has taken on some cases they say belong in state court.

  Trump ‘running angry,’ attacks polls, press and Dr. Fauci

One week since returning to the campaign trail, where his handling of the pandemic is a central issue to voters, Trump blasted his government’s own scientists for their criticism of his performance.

  Debate commission adopts new rules to mute mics

President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will have their microphones cut off in Thursday’s debate while their rival delivers their opening two-minute answer to each of the debate topics.

Trump says Sudan will be removed from terrorism list

The decision Monday was contingent on Sudan following through on its agreement to pay $335 million to U.S. terror victims and families.

High court allows 3-day extension for Pennsylvania ballots

The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, rejecting a Republican plea.

Senate to work through weekend to push Barrett onto court

Amy Coney Barrett's ascent would seal a 6-3 conservative hold on the court for years to come.

  Judge puts Wisconsin capacity limit order back into effect

Wisconsin last week set new daily records for positive coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations.

  Trump jokes he’ll leave the country if he loses to Biden

Musing at a campaign rally in central Georgia, Donald Trump suggested he might - albeit to laughter from the audience.

  Florida begins early voting with no major problems reported

Many polling sites had long lines before dawn as voters awaited their opening.

  Gray TV’s guide to political ads

Broadcast TV stations rely on advertising to make money. Politicians buy ad time to help them reach voters. And the Federal Communications Commission makes the rules.

Supreme Court to review Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

The Supreme Court is agreeing to review a Trump administration policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings.

High court to review two cases involving Trump border policy

The case will not be argued before the winter and it’s unclear how the outcome of the presidential election would affect the case, if Democrat Joe Biden wins the White House.

  Video appears to show Whitmer kidnapping plot suspects training

Evidence was played in federal court of the field training exercises federal prosecutors say were carried out in a plot to storm Michigan’s capitol and kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Same names, some new dynamics in US Senate contest

Mississippi’s 2020 U.S. Senate race has the same top candidates as in 2018 — Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith and challenger Mike Espy.

  Trump, Biden go on offense in states they’re trying to flip

Both candidates are trying to make inroads in states that could help secure a path to victory - Trump in Nevada and Biden in North Carolina.

Twitter blocks tweet from Trump adviser downplaying masks

Twitter has blocked a post from an adviser to President Donald Trump who suggested that masks do not work to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Michigan governor pushes back against Trump rally chants

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says President Donald Trump is inciting “domestic terrorism” following “lock her up” chants at his rally in the state.

  High school student told to remove Trump flag from wall during virtual class

The school district says it is handling the matter internally and is working with all parties involved to resolve the issue.

  Organizers exhort women to vote for change at US rallies

Thousands of mostly young women in masks rallied Saturday in the nation’s capital and other U.S. cities, exhorting voters to oppose President Donald Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 3 elections.