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Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Jonathan Easley, “With less than two months until the 2020 election, President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE are dueling it out on the campaign trail, with each candidate targeting multiple battleground states this week even as concerns about the spread of the coronavirus from travel and in-person events persist.” https://bit.ly/2FnLcK8

Happening today: Biden is campaigning in Michigan, “a state Trump carried by fewer than 10,000 votes in 2016.” Here’s a video Biden tweeted about Michigan this morning: https://bit.ly/2ZlHKXf

Meanwhile in the Trump campaign: “The Trump campaign …  has planned 18 appearances in 11 states over the next six days for the president, Vice President Pence and members of the Trump family. The president is pressing forward with an aggressive travel schedule for official and campaign appearances after visiting Florida and North Carolina on Tuesday.”  

What to expect: https://bit.ly/2FnLcK8 

HOW SEN. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Mexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized MORE (D-CALIF.) IS MOVING FRONT AND CENTER IN THE CAMPAIGN:


New poll — this is welcomed news for the Biden campaign: Biden is topping President Trump in six swing states, according to a new CNBC survey. https://bit.ly/3ienVsh

Which states: North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Keep in mind though: “The race is closer in some states, giving Trump hope that late-breaking undecided voters could tip the Electoral College in his favor, as they did in 2016.” 

More from the poll: https://cnb.cx/3bES2qq



Interesting read from The Hill’s Reid Wilson: https://bit.ly/32dq2az


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The U.S. is pulling back in Iraq:

The United States is withdrawing roughly 2,000 troops from Iraq this month, bringing the troop total to around 3,000. https://bit.ly/32dfubi


Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight MORE is channeling his inner ‘High School Musical’ rn

Together, together, together everyone

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Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Friction among Senate Republicans on the next round of coronavirus relief legislation and a suddenly shaky stock market has eroded President Trump’s leverage in the ongoing standoff with Democrats.” https://bit.ly/2GNTpIh

As of yesterday: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was still searching Tuesday afternoon for 51 Republican votes for a half-trillion-dollar economic relief package that he hopes will put pressure on Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn MORE (D-N.Y.) to soften their demands.” 

Meanwhile in the stock market: “The stock markets in the past week have suffered their worst one-day drops since the coronavirus first froze the U.S. economy in March. On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 dropped 632 points and 95 points, respectively — more than 2 percent each — while the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite dropped 465 points, or 4.11 percent.” 


A vaccine trial is on pause:

Via Stat News’s Rebecca Robins, Adam Feuerstein and Helen Branswell, AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford have paused its coronavirus vaccine trial after a shot recipient got a “potentially unexplained illness.”  

What we know: https://bit.ly/35jtdiC  


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,330,316

U.S. death toll: 189,733

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y


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The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. and Vice President Pence is in Pittsburgh this afternoon.

9:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Pittsburgh.

11:15 a.m. EDT: Three roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule today: https://bit.ly/2Ra06X2

Noon: President Trump is receiving an intelligence briefing. 

Noon: Vice President Pence participates in a conversation at Cornerstone Ministries Church in Murrysville, Pa.

2:15 p.m. EDT: Three roll call votes in the Senate.

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence campaigns in Freedom, Pa. 

6:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence arrives in Washington, D.C.

Thursday: The Hill Virtually Live is hosting, “The Future of Education Summit.” Featured speakers: Rep. Donna E. Shalala (D-Fla.), Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerNorth Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report House GOP votes to keep leaders in place MORE (R-N.C.) and Salman Khan of Khan Academy. Details and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/35a9sdv

1 p.m. EDT on September 15: Apple is holding a product announcement event. Hm, the event is titled, “Time Flies” — that sounds like a watch to me.  What to expect: https://bit.ly/32e4tXq 


This morning: “National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins and Surgeon General Dr. Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Overnight health care: AstraZeneca says its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is up to 90 percent effective Surgeon general warns against indoor holiday celebrations, even at White House MORE testified on vaccines before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.” Livestream from C-SPAN: https://cs.pn/32aZeHS

10:30 a.m. EDT: Attorney General William BarrBill BarrClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Five federal inmates scheduled for execution before Inauguration Day Redeeming justice: the next attorney general MORE held a news conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/3bFSgO9

Noon: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is holding a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2R7bwuj 

12:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a “Susan B. Anthony List fireside chat” in Murrysville. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3iiVklO

1:15 p.m. EDT: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden campaigns in Warren, Mich. Livestream: https://cs.pn/3bOju5m



Today is National Wiener Schnitzel Day.

Ever want to win the golden ticket??:

“The founder of Jelly Belly is hosting a series of cash prize treasure hunts around the country before his retirement. Anyone that participates will then be eligible to search for the ultimate treasure, which is a key to one of his candy factories.” Details: https://bit.ly/35j2G50

And to make you smile, here’s a dog hugging its favorite toy: https://bit.ly/3ifHAIq