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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are set to meet next week for their first debate, a highly anticipated event in a highly unusual election year. The campaign has been divisive on a historical scale, and the debate between the two candidates is expected to be fiery. Presidential debate history is full of moments that stand out, such as Ronald Reagan’s humorous retort about not using his younger opponent’s age against him and Mitt Romney’s comment about “binders of women” full of potential job candidates. Against that backdrop, Trump and Biden are set to face off Tuesday in a debate moderated by Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has chosen Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sending the nomination to the Senate with hopes of a quick confirmation fewer than 40 days before the presidential election. Republicans are eyeing a vote in late October, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn’t yet said for certain whether a final vote will come before or after the Nov. 3 election. A confirmation vote so close to a presidential election would be unprecedented.

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign committee and the Republican National Committee has sued to block North Carolina election officials from enforcing rule changes that could boost the number of ballots counted in the presidential battleground state. The state Board of Elections on Tuesday issued new guidance that allowing mail-in absentee ballots with deficient information to be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot for November’s general election. The federal lawsuit that national Republicans filed on Saturday claims the election board made a partisan “backroom deal” that undermines state lawmakers’ election laws.

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that a school district can’t be forced to pay more than $300,000 total to the victims or their families in the Parkland high school massacre that left 17 people dead and another 17 wounded. Justices unanimously sided with Broward County Public Schools on Thursday, agreeing that the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was a single incident. The victims and their families had argued that each pull of the trigger was a separate occurrence. State law caps government agencies’ liability in civil lawsuits at $200,000 per individual and $300,000 per incident. Any jury award above that amount has to be approved by the Legislature and governor.

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