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  • Joe Biden, Kamala Harris paid their respects to Ginsburg.
  • Trump campaigned in Florida, Georgia and Virginia.
  • Early ballot requests are breaking records.
  • Barack Obama will hold a fundraiser with Harris next week.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the US elections. This is William Roberts and Steve Chaggaris.

22:00 ET – Trump warns of duplicate mail-in ballots in Virginia

President Donald Trump warned at a campaign rally in Newport News of a “ballot scam” in Virginia where voters “get two ballots instead of one”.

Local officials in Fairfax and Henrico counties mailed at least 1,400 Virginia voters duplicate absentee ballots in recent weeks because of clerical errors, but only one ballot per voter would be counted, officials said, according to a report in The Washington Post newspaper.

The president has been accusing Democrats of planning to use mail balloting to cheat in the November 3 election

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Sprouts Farmers, Best Buy, At Home and Domino’s Pizza

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – September 25, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. SFM, Best Buy Co., Inc. BBY, At Home Group Inc. HOME and Domino’s Pizza, Inc. DPZ.

Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

These 4 Retail Stocks Make Great Buys Ahead of Holiday Season

With 2020 inching toward an end, all eyes are on the most crucial part of the year for retailers — the holiday season. But this time around, retailers are bracing for an unusual festive season, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. There are fears about how comfortable consumers will be in terms of purchasing at a time fraught with high unemployment and lower disposable income. Well,

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Watch Friday Night Football: Capital beats Skyview in season opener, Nampa squeaks by Emmett and Vallivue shuts out Caldwell

Plus, follow along with scores from across southern Idaho during week five of the prep football season with our live blog.

BOISE, Idaho — For the first time this season, all high school varsity football teams are back on the field. Last week, Boise Schools joined the competition after getting approval from their school board to play a week earlier. 

Tonight, Capital High School, which had a bye last week, becomes the final team in Idaho to officially start their 2020 season.

The Warriors are on a bye in week five, but there are still several storylines and matchups to follow.

In 4A, Nampa heads to Emmett, where the 3-0 Huskies found themselves making headlines this week after their head coach Rich Hargitt apologized for having Weiser’s playbook and not reporting it.

One day later, Fruitland head coach Ryan Tracy was fined and suspended after an investigation found he texted

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Maddow Blog | The problem with Trump’s drug discount cards for seniors

As part of the rollout of his faux health care plan, Donald Trump boasted yesterday that he’ll soon send $200 drug-discount cards to 33 million Medicare beneficiaries. “Nobody has seen this before,” the president said. “These cards are incredible.”

He added that the initiative, at a cost of $6.6 billion, would be paid for in part by a most-favored-nation-pricing program in which the United States will pay for medications through Medicare at the same rates as other countries.

But that made far less sense than the president seemed to realize: the most-favored-nation-pricing program the president pointed to doesn’t yet exist, so its savings can’t pay for these medication coupons.

This morning, Team Trump tried to clarify matters. The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House is actually planning to borrow from a Medicare trust fund for its election-season scheme, but the details remain murky.

Little information has been

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Maddow Blog | White House slams FBI chief over accurate voter-fraud comments

In sworn Senate testimony yesterday, FBI Director Chris Wray acknowledged threats to U.S. election security. But as the New York Times noted, Wray simply doesn’t see systemic voter fraud as one of those threats.

The F.B.I. has not seen evidence of a “coordinated national voter fraud effort,” its director, Christopher A. Wray, told lawmakers on Thursday, undercutting President Trump’s efforts to stoke fears about mail-in ballots by claiming without evidence that they are an election threat. Any fraud effort would have to be widespread and well coordinated to change the election outcome, and carrying out that kind of fraud would be a “major challenge for an adversary,” Mr. Wray said.

While this testimony was entirely in line with everything we know about election threats, the White House clearly was not pleased with Wray having told the truth. TPM noted this morning:

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows lashed out

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Maddow Blog | White House fails to defend Trump’s line on honoring election results

Even those who’ve come to expect the worst from Donald Trump were taken aback this week when he refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power in the event of an election defeat. The president added that if officials would simply “get rid of the ballots,” there would be “a continuation” of his hold on power.

Not surprisingly, reporters had a few questions about this at yesterday’s White House press briefing. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had a specific phrase she used several times.

“The President will accept the results of a free and fair election…. The President will accept the results of a free and fair election. He will accept the will of the American people. I’ve answered your question. He will accept the results of a free and fair election.”

At first blush, this may have seemed like a satisfying resolution. The United States will soon administer national

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: ZM, PENN, TPR and ZG

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – September 23, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Zoom Video Communications Inc. ZM, RH RH, Penn National Gaming Inc. PENN, Tapestry Inc. TPR and Zillow Group Inc. ZG.

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

5 Must-Buy Stocks Braving the Storm in September

Historically, September is the worst-performing month in Wall Street. This year, not only is history being repeated but also a storm is blowing, reminding investors of the month of March, when coronavirus-induced lockdowns had hit so hard that stock markets fell like a house of cards.

Month to date, the three major stock indexes — the Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite — plummeted 4.5%, 6%

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Maddow Blog | Unemployment claims point in discouraging direction as crisis lingers



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When it comes to weekly unemployment filings, our whole understanding of “normal” flew out the window six months ago. For example, as regular readers know, it was considered a catastrophe during the Great Recession when jobless claims topped 600,000.

But in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic started taking a brutal toll on the U.S. economy, Americans confronted an entirely new set of standards — to the point that it seemed like relatively good news a few weeks ago when initial jobless claims fell below 1 million for the first time since March.

Progress has nevertheless been hit or miss. After months of steady declines, we’ve seen several instances of late in which week-to-week claims have gone up, the new report from the Labor Department this morning.

In the week ending September 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 870,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week’s

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Maddow Blog | Most Americans balk at Republicans’ Supreme Court scheme

Four years ago, when Senate Republicans launched an unprecedented, 10-month blockade against a sitting president’s Supreme Court nominee, GOP senators insisted they were merely trying to give voters a voice in the process. “Let voters decide,” Republicans declared, arguing that the winner of the next presidential campaign — six months away — should fill a vacancy.

In 2020, those same Republicans have decided they no longer agree with themselves. To defend their nihilistic hypocrisy, many GOP senators are saying they’re simply reflecting voters’ will: Americans elected a Republican president and Republican-led Senate, so they’re justified in ramming through a high court nominee while millions cast their ballots.

Part of the problem is the popular vote: more voters preferred Donald Trump’s opponent, and more Americans cast ballots for Democratic Senate candidates than Republican candidates.

But the other part of the problem is that a majority of Americans are not on

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BLOG: Kubalik Named to 2020 NHL All-Rookie Team

Dominik Kubalik officially capped off his incredible rookie season on Monday night by being named to the All-Rookie Team and finishing third in Calder Trophy voting for the NHL’s top rookie during the regular season. Colorado’s Cale Makar took home the Calder on Monday night in the virtual 2020 NHL Awards, while Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes finished second. 

2020 NHL All-Rookie Team

F – Dominik Kubalik
F – Victor Oloffson
F – Nick Suzuki
D – Cale Makar
D – Quinn Hughes

The Czech native led all rookies with 30 goals during the 2019-20 season and was voted NHL Rookie of the Month in January with 10 goals and 14 points in 10 games. He notched 16 assists to lead rookie forwards with 46 points in 68 games played this season, while also leading all NHL rookies with 38 even-strength points, 26 even-strength goals and 157 shots on goal.

He finished

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