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MIDTERM MADNESS: Trump targets “Sleeping Joe” in Indiana

Midwestern voters are key to Trump’s success, writes the Washington Post.

AZ-SEN: Kelli Ward gave a sizeable “appearance fee” to Sebastian Gorka.

CA: Independent voters are close to outnumbering Republicans in California.

The DCCC is airing ads taking on second-tier Republican candidates in Royce’s district.

GA-GOV: Kamala Harris is raising money for Stacey Abrams.

IN-SEN: Trump stayed on message in Indiana last night — and gave Joe Donnelly a new nickname.

MI-GOV: Things got pretty heated in the first forum between Republican and Democratic candidates for Michigan governor.

The Free Press profiles controversial Republican Patrick Colbeck.

MO-SEN: Josh Hawley’s primary opponents are mulling an unusual deal.

MO-GOV: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the latest on the Greitens trial.

SC-GOV: Catherine Templeton shoots a snake in a new ad.

WV-SEN: Don Blankenship wants to keep Morrisey from winning in November.

TRUMP AGENDA: White House aide mocks McCain

Our team has the latest on the mocking by a White House aide that John McCain is “dying anyway.”

Trump says he wants to make an Iran deal that’s “better for them.”

Lawmakers are looking to a Plan B to protect the Mueller investigation, Heidi Przybyla and Mike Memoli report.

The Washington Post: Records show that AT&T specifically paid Michael Cohen for advice on the Time Warner merger, documents show.

Rudy Giuliani is out at his law firm as he focuses full time on Trump.

John Kelly says he never seriously considered leaving the White House.

But Kirstjen Nielsen reportedly almost quit over being berated by Trump, the New York Times writes.

Chuck Grassley says Supreme Court justices who are considering retirement should do so now. Democrats aren’t happy about it.

Paul Ryan is trying to stop a Republican rebellion over immigration as moderates try to force votes.

Some Republican senators want to cancel recess.

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Biden brings closing message to historically red Georgia



Joe Biden on Tuesday made his first visit of the 2020 election cycle to the battleground state of Georgia, delivering a closing argument centered around his criticism of President Donald Trump and his goal of seeking to “heal our nation.”

Speaking in Warm Springs, Georgia, Biden took aim at Trump’s responses to the dual public health and economic crises caused by Covid-19, as well as the protests for racial justice seen across the nation this year.

“These are all historic, painful crises. The insidious virus. Economic anguish. Systemic discrimination. Any one of them could have rocked a nation,” Biden said.

When it came to addressing systemic racism, he referred to the protests as a “cry for justice from communities that have long had the knee of injustice on their neck” and vowed “a new wave of justice in America.”

Biden’s events marked his first visit of the 2020 election cycle to Georgia, a state no Democratic presidential candidate has carried since 1992 but where Democrats have been making inroads.

Just a week ahead of Election Day, polls in the key Southern battleground show a tight race. The latest Real Clear Politics polling average in the state shows Biden trailing Trump by just 0.4 percentage points, while they have each led three of the last six polls in the state tracked by NBC News.

To win the state, Biden will need to carry large numbers of the state’s Black voters and large numbers of white suburbanites and white women, political strategists said.

Early voting in the state has already reached historic levels, with ballots cast there thus far already accounting for nearly two-thirds of the total ballots cast in the state in 2016.

In his address, Biden attempted to draw stark contrasts with Trump on how he’d govern if elected, saying he will be “a president who’s in it not for himself, but for others. A president who doesn’t divide us — but unites us. A president who appeals not to the worst in us — but to the best.”

“A president who cares less about his TV ratings — and more about the American people. A president who looks not to settle scores — but to find solutions. A president guided not by wishful thinking — but by science, reason and fact,” he added.

He also drew heavily upon the symbolism of the location of his speech, making frequent reference to the fact that Franklin D. Roosevelt had a retreat in Warm Springs where he sought treatments for polio.

“Warm Springs is a good place to talk about hope and healing. This is where Franklin Roosevelt came to use the therapeutic waters to rebuild himself,” Biden noted.

Later Tuesday, Biden will hold a drive-in rally in Atlanta. His running mate, Kamala Harris, visited the state Friday.

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Nicola Sturgeon faces BACKLASH over Covid Levels system – new regions risk strict lockdown



NICOLA Sturgeon has faced a backlash from MSPs after unveiling a new tier system of restrictions which are set to come into force next week.

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Judge rejects Justice Department bid to defend Trump in defamation case



A federal judge in New York has ruled that a libel suit filed against President Trump by E. Jean Carroll cannot be dismissed and rejected the Department of Justice’s bid to defend him in the case. NBC’s Pete Williams has details.

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