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HAPPENING TODAY

An in-person White House celebration? For Amy Coney Barrett? Why does this seem familiar?:

 

 

Following the Senate’s scheduled vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE is planning to hold a swearing-in ceremony, potentially this evening, at the White House. https://bit.ly/35AL4jz

From White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names Trump administration revives talk of action on birthright citizenship MORE: "We’re doing... the best we can to encourage as much social distancing as possible. It’ll be outdoors if it goes off as planned right now. And still continue to do testing in and around those that are critical to the mission to try to get there."

The white elephant in the room: The Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett has been widely criticized as a source of the White House’s coronavirus outbreak.

Why Meadows says this event is different: "The very first event, while there’s a whole lot of connects that have been made with who was at the event and who came down with it, we’ve been able to look at that and track as many as three different areas where the virus actually infected different people within the White House. So it didn’t all come from that particular event."

DEMOCRATS PROTESTED WITH AN ALL-NIGHTER:

Democrats just pulled an all-nighter in the Senate to protest the partisan confirmation of Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court. https://bit.ly/34vNRvf

When the final Senate confirmation vote could happen: As late as 7:25 p.m. EDT. https://bit.ly/3dXXVA6

HERE’S THE LIVESTREAM OF THE SENATE DEBATE AND VOTE TODAY:

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IN THE WHITE HOUSE

COVID-19 is making its rounds around the White House … again:

At least five aides to Vice President Pence have tested positive for the coronavirus, including Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short.  

Have the Pences been tested?: Yes and Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceSpaceX capsule arrives at International Space Station The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - World reacts to news of second COVID-19 vaccine with 90 percent efficacy The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by UAE - US records 1 million COVID-19 cases in a week; governors crack down MORE both tested negative yesterday.

What we know, via CNNhttps://cnn.it/3kz2Eem 

The obvious next question — is Pence quarantining?: No, he’s not — and health policy experts are raising concerns about Pence’s upcoming travel: https://nbcnews.to/3mpNDvS

OVER THE WEEKEND — HERE’S A CLIP OF PENCE WEARING A MASK ON HIS WAY TO NORTH CAROLINA YESTERDAY:

Via NBC’s Kelly O’Donnellhttps://bit.ly/37D8842 

Tidbit from the weekend

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/35yITNz

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Trump tries to weave his path to 270:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels and Julia Manchester, “[President Trump] and his campaign see a path to victory that resembles his surprise 2016 win, but an array of factors have combined to make it a more challenging climb to 270 electoral votes.” https://bit.ly/3miWWNS

Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE’s goal: Close any path for Trump in the final week.  

Where Biden stands: “Polls released last week showed [Joe Biden] leading in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida. There does not appear to be meaningful support for a third-party candidate in those states, where Trump won by narrow margins four years ago.”  

Where Trump stands: “The president’s campaign believes it still has a chance to flip Minnesota and Nevada, but Trump’s travel schedule reflects a less ambitious electoral map. He spent the weekend in Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio and New Hampshire. He has been to Florida and North Carolina three times each in the last two weeks, underscoring their importance to his path to reelection.

Where the race stands electorallyhttps://bit.ly/3miWWNS

NEW POLL — BIDEN’S SHIMMYING IN MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN AND PENNSYLVANIA:

“The latest survey of likely voters in the three former ‘blue wall’ states from the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds Biden nearly doubling his lead in each state compared to last month.” The numbers: https://bit.ly/3dWsmGW

EARLY VOTING TOTALS HAVE ALREADY EXCEEDED 2016:

Via The Associated Press’s Nicholas Riccardi and Angeliki Kastanis, 58.6 million early voting ballots have been cast so far, already surpassing the total number of absentee and early voting ballots cast in 2016. https://bit.ly/2HFmBla 

This clip has more than 8 million views already

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/31IZ5KS

SIX NOTABLE MOMENTS FROM THE CBS’S ’60 MINUTES’ INTERVIEWS WITH TRUMP AND BIDEN:

https://bit.ly/3muvLA5

Interesting read on why some choose not to vote:

Via The New York Times’s Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff, “They did not vote in 2016. Why they plan to skip the election again: Between a third and a half of all eligible voters typically stay home during presidential elections.” https://nyti.ms/2HEa9Ce 

How converting a few of those non voters could be huge: “Not voting has been a feature of the American political landscape for decades. But with razor slim margins in a number of swing states last time, nonvoters have taken on an outsize importance: Even a small victory in converting some of them may tip the scales. For example in Pennsylvaniahttps://nyti.ms/2HEa9Ce

 

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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 8,639,900

U.S. death toll: 225,247 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y 

For context: Two months ago today, 5,788,185 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 178,578 had died. https://bit.ly/37OouHf 

Where we stand: 

 

  

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/35xzEx6 

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Stocks dropped this morning:

“The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened with a loss of more than 420 points Monday, falling 1.5 percent after more than 83,000 new U.S. cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Saturday, shattering previous records. The S&P 500 index fell 1.1 percent, and the Nasdaq composite fell 0.5 percent.” https://bit.ly/35Gzy6C

The other factor contributing to the dip: It’s looking unlikely that a bipartisan coronavirus relief package will pass on Capitol Hill before Election Day.

The top dogs in town:

“The Hill is now accepting nominations for its annual Top Lobbyists lists. The lists — slated to come out in December — highlight advocates at law and lobby firms, trade associations, grassroots advocacy groups, and in-house lobbyists at corporations.” Submit a nomination by Nov. 13https://bit.ly/37GQRqu 

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/3oswZgW

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Wow, I had forgotten about this:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3kwoKOz

Here’s the video clip — it’s still so, so funnyhttps://bit.ly/3mpnvBm

ON TAP:

The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump is spending the day in Pennsylvania. Vice President Pence is in Minnesota. 

9:15 a.m. EDT: President Trump left for Pennsylvania. 

12:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Minnesota. 

6:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence returns to Washington, D.C. 

7:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump returns to the White House. 

Tuesday, Oct. 27: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “COVID-19 & A Responsive Rx Supply Chain.” Featured speakers: Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, Reps. Buddy CarterEarl (Buddy) Leroy CarterBipartisan lawmakers call for overhauling medical supply chains The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Justice Barrett joins court; one week until Election Day Overnight Health Care: US sets a new record for average daily coronavirus cases | Meadows on pandemic response: 'We're not going to control it' | Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy MORE (R-Ga.) and Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinBickering Democrats return with divisions Questions swirl at Pentagon after wave of departures Overnight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military 'remains strong' despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick MORE (D-Mich.) Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/3mkVzyr

Thursday, Oct. 29: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “America's Agenda: Infrastructure.” Featured speakers: Reps. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisGOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus Biden's gain is Democratic baseball's loss with Cedric Richmond MORE (R-Ill.), Sam GravesSamuel (Sam) Bruce GravesLawmakers say infrastructure efforts are falling victim to deepening partisan divide The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states Hillicon Valley: Big Tech hearing the most partisan yet | Rubio warns about foreign election interference | Trump campaign site briefly hacked MORE (R-Mo.) and Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonRecord number of Black women elected to Congress in 2020 Lawmakers say infrastructure efforts are falling victim to deepening partisan divide The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states MORE (D-D.C.). Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/35PtcBZ

WHAT TO WATCH:

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump campaigned in Allentown, Pa. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2HF7VCA

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Lititz, Pa. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2Hy5m5c

2:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence campaigns in Hibbing, Minn. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2TqkUuh

4:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Martinsburg, Pa. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3kv9bqr

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Pumpkin Day!

If you’re wondering how SNL handled last week’s presidential debate:

Here’s the “Saturday Night Live” cold open featuring Maya Rudolph as NBC’s Kristen WelkerAlec Baldwin as President Trump and Jim Carey as Joe Biden. Watchhttps://bit.ly/35DdDwK  

And because it’s a dreary Monday, meet Percy, an adorable puppy with floppy ears that do occasionally get in his way: https://bit.ly/3kxTwGF