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The midterm elections saw a wave of African-Americans sweep into local elected law enforcement offices, promising to make an impact on the nation's justice system by rethinking policing and criminal justice in their own communities, the AP writes.

The big picture: Black Americans have long faced injustices at the hands of the American criminal justice system, including higher incarceration rates, harsher sentencing, and the use of disproportionate force from police officers.

Where they are:

Driving the news: These newly elected black law enforcement officials ran campaigns on progressive politics.

  • In Wake County, North Carolina, Sheriff Gerald Baker promised to hold police more accountable for abuses and said the county would stop detaining immigrants.
  • Birmingham's Pettway plans on decriminalizing marijuana and supports jailhouse education programs to prevent recidivism.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 32,601,345 — Total deaths: 989,761 — Total recoveries: 22,512,527Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 7,034,824 — Total deaths: 203,789 — Total recoveries: 2,727,335 — Total tests: 99,488,275Map.
  3. States: "We’re not closing anything going forward": Florida fully lifts COVID restaurant restrictions.
  4. Health: Young people accounted for 20% of cases this summer.
  5. Business: Coronavirus has made airports happier places The expiration of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance looms.
  6. Education: Summer college enrollment offers a glimpse of COVID-19's effect.

Where Amy Coney Barrett stands on the biggest issues

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett — expected to be named by President Trump today to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — would give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court, and an edge on issues from abortion to the limits of presidential power.

The big picture: Republicans love the federal appeals court judge's age — she is only 48 — and her record as a steadfast social conservative.

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Biden pushes unity message in new TV wave

A fresh Joe Biden ad, "New Start," signals an effort by his campaign to make unity a central theme, underscoring a new passage in his stump speech that says he won't be a president just for Democrats but for all Americans.

What he's saying: The ad — which began Friday night, and is a follow-up to "Fresh Start" — draws from a Biden speech earlier in the week in Manitowoc, Wisconsin: