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Trump v. Biden final showdown

TRUMP and Biden will face off tonight in their final debate (Thursday) (Shutterstock).

There’s less than two weeks until Election Day and President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will square off for the final time tonight (Thursday), perhaps their last chance to make a case to the nation for their presidential bid. The debate will be broadcast on all major networks at 6 p.m. Pacific time from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Kristen Welker, the NBC News White House correspondent, will serve as moderator.

This debate will differ from the first one in that during the opening segment, the microphone of the candidate not speaking will be muted.

In other political news:

  • Biden said that, if elected, he would convene a bi-partisan commission to study whether the Supreme Court should be reformed. The possibility of increasing the size of the court from nine justices has been discussed.
  • RealClearPolitics.com’s average of recent presidential preference polls showed Biden with the support of 50.7 percent of voters, compared to 42.7 percent for Trump. That’s a margin of 7.9 percent. Fivethirtyeight.com’s survey shows Biden with 52.1 percent and Trump with 42.2 percent, a margin of 9.9 percent.

The News: Senate panel recommends Barrett for court

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday morning to recommend to the full Senate the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett for associate justice of the Supreme Court. Democratic members of the panel boycotted the vote. • The federal Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19. It’s not a vaccine and is recommended only for treatment administered in a hospital. •  Responding to reports that a compromise stimulus deal was near, Wall Street rebounded Thursday from several days of bearish results. The Dow rose by 152.84 points, while the S&P 500 saw a gain of 17.93 points. Nasdaq was up by 21.31 points. •  Johns Hopkins University is reporting Thursday another 1,100 deaths from coronavirus, the most fatalities in one day since Sept. 15.

The Weather: Cool and getting cooler

West Orange County temperatures are continuing to slide. According to the National Weather Service, tonight’s (Thursday) overnight low will be 61 with increasing clouds. On Friday the high will be 73 with an overnight low of 60. On Saturday, we’ll see a drop to 71 during the day, and 58 overnight with a 30 percent chance of rain. Sunday will also see a 30 percent rain possibility with a high of 68. Along the coast, highs will be cooler. On Friday in Huntington Beach, the high will be 69 under sunny skies. Saturday will see mostly cloudy skies with a high of 66. A 30 percent chance of rain is foreseen on Saturday night and during the day on Sunday.

Sports: A day off for Dodgers

Following Wednesday’s 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the second game of the 2020 World Series, the Dodgers have today (Thursday) off. The series will resume on Friday with the teams tied at one victory each.

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