The Morning Dispatch: One Week Left

Happy Monday! We’re a week and a day from Election Day—where the heck did 2020 go?

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • At least five of Vice President Mike Pence’s aides—including his chief of staff—have tested positive for the coronavirus. Pence has been in close contact with many of them, but he is continuing on with his campaign schedule after testing negative on Sunday. The New York Times reports White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tried to keep the diagnoses from going public, pressing the White House medical office to shelve a planned press statement. 

  • The Senate voted 51-48 on Sunday to advance the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to a final vote. Barrett is expected to be confirmed to the Supreme Court later today with 52 votes, as Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced over the weekend she would vote for the nominee.

  • President Trump announced Friday that Israel and Sudan have agreed to normalize relations. The news comes just days after the United States removed Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Sudan is now the third Arab government in recent weeks to agree to officially normalize diplomatic relations with Israel.

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