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You might want to download TikTok now:



Via The Hill’s Chris Mills Rodrigo, unless something changes, Nov. 12 is the last date you can download TikTok in the U.S. https://bit.ly/35UD9iO

What happens if you already have TikTok on your phone? “Users that already have TikTok downloaded on their phones will not be directly affected unless the second round of restrictions take effect,” Mills Rodrigo reports. 

But why? President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE says TikTok (and WeChat, which is also banned) collect data from American users that could be used by the Chinese government.

Who cares? TikTok hit 2 billion downloads worldwide earlier this year amid a surge during the coronavirus lockdowns, with the U.S. in the top three countries downloading.

Wait though: If TikTok is acquired by Oracle (or another American company) before Nov. 12, it may survive the ban. More info: https://cnn.it/33GiUCN

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Trump vs. Biden town halls:

President Trump and former Vice President Biden both held town halls this week, showcasing direct interaction with voters. How’d they do? 

Trump fact check: https://bit.ly/3mACzgn

Biden fact check: https://wapo.st/33EDRhJ 

The Hill’s Joe Concha told Fox News that Trump’s town hall was “obviously hostile” while Biden’s was “hospitable.” https://fxn.ws/3mAZBn2

Via The Washington Post's Amber Phillips, how these town halls could preview the second presidential debate (Oct. 15), which will be a town hall: https://wapo.st/3c9qRV7


Some Democrats fear Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE is not ready to face off with President Trump in the debates, writes The Hill’s Amie Parneshttps://bit.ly/3iW8UMt

Meet me at noon:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, President Trump and Biden are holding dueling campaign stops in Minnesota today. https://bit.ly/3caVt8u 

OK, it’s not exactly a show-down. Biden will be in Duluth, while Trump will be about 150 miles away in Bemidji.


How did Minnesota become a battleground state in 2020? https://bit.ly/3cbfpIn


2020 is out to get us:

Via The Hill’s Rachel Frazin and Jessie Hellmann, not only is the coronavirus in the air, so are wildfires (for much of the country) and one could be making the other worse: https://bit.ly/2ZPjU6w


Despite the wildfires and hurricanes battering the U.S. this summer, climate change is still a low priority for voters: https://bit.ly/32H4uD7


I hardly knew her:

Former Trump officials, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosDeVos says it isn't Department of Education's job to track schools' coronavirus reopening plans Judge calls Devos student loan forgiveness process 'disturbingly Kafkaesque' New Jersey sues student loan servicer Navient, alleging 'deceptive, misleading' tactics MORE's former chief of staff and Vice President Pence’s former homeland security aide Olivia Troye, joined a new anti-Trump group called Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform (REPAIR) on Thursday. 

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, Pence dismissed Troye as a “disgruntled employee”: https://bit.ly/3mCrYSa



Link https://twitter.com/RVAT2020/status/1306685541220524046

The most litigated election cycle in U.S. history:

Via The Hill’s John Kruzel, significant voting rights cases in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and elsewhere could shape the results of the presidential race: https://bit.ly/3mAmp6n


A federal judge wants to stop your mail from being delayed with a temporary nationwide halt to postal service changes ahead of the election: https://bit.ly/3hIYuyj



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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,678,382 

U.S. death toll: 197,696 

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


Don’t rain on my campaign:

Potential first lady Jill Biden accepted an umbrella Thursday instead of ending a socially distanced interview in Philadelphia.



Watch: https://twitter.com/MichaelLaRosaDC/status/1306931893418569731

Unexpected visitor:

Meanwhile, First Lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Pelosi, Mnuchin push stimulus talks forward, McConnell applies brakes Melania Trump cancels campaign appearance over 'lingering cough' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Walton Family Foundation — DOJ to file antitrust suit against Google | Trump calls for Hunter Biden probe before Nov. 3 | Trump, Biden mics will have muting feature at Thursday debate | Pa. ballots to be counted MORE stopped by a New Hampshire fire station on an unusual (for her) unscheduled visit. She wanted to check on the station’s “Safe Station” program that takes in people overdosing on drugs. 




Link https://twitter.com/KateBennett_DC/status/1306680969232080897


The House is in pro forma. The Senate is out. President Trump is headed to Minnesota. Vice President Pence is going to Phoenix.

10:45 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo On The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Overnight Health Care: CDC expands definition of 'close contact' after COVID-19 report | GOP coronavirus bill blocked in Senate | OxyContin maker agrees to B settlement with Trump administration MORE held her weekly press conference. 

3:10 p.m. MST: Vice President Pence speaks at a Veterans for Trump event in Phoenix.

TBD: Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Biden appears on Brené Brown's podcast to discuss 'empathy, unity and courage' The Hill's Campaign Report: Obama to hit the campaign trail l Biden's eye-popping cash advantage l New battleground polls favor Biden MORE speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee's “Turn Up and Turn out the Vote Virtual Bus Tour."


2 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a press conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/33Df9y4

6 p.m. CST: President Trump speaks at a Great American Comeback Event in Bemidji, Minn. Livestream: https://cs.pn/3mrMNzo 

September 29: The first presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Where: In Cleveland. Debate details: https://wapo.st/3c1xEA0


Today is National Cheeseburger Day.

Your horn is showing:

Rosh Hashanah begins tonight. You might see a few shofars outdoors this year: https://bit.ly/33GkXGZ 



And to get your weekend off to the right start, here’s a kitten with a remarkable back flip: https://bit.ly/2ZCYzgs