On Thursday evening, Axios and the Partnership for Public Service recognized the 2020 Service to America Medal finalists in a live event hosted by Axios co-founder Mike Allen, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and bestselling author Michael Lewis. They highlighted the importance of civil servants and their sense of mission, especially in times of crisis.

Mike Allen spoke with semifinalist Dr. Vikram Krishnasamy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Anderson Cooper with Dr. Beth Ripley at the Department of Veterans Affairs about the rising generation of young leaders in government, the need for more people in public health, and innovation in the public sector.

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Halloween and COVID-19: What you need to know

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Celebrating Halloween and Día de los Muertos will be difficult and more isolated this year, but can still be done while minimizing harm to others.

Why it matters: Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, indoor parties, haunted houses, crowded cemeteries and communal candy bowls are all considered high-risk activities by the CDC.

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  1. Politics: Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus — COVID-19 looms over White House Halloween celebrations.
  2. Health: Fauci says maybe we should mandate masks if people don't wear them — America was sick well before it ever got COVID-19U.S. reports over 80,000 new cases for 2nd straight day
  3. World: Polish President Andrzej Duda tests positive for COVID-19.

Pence to continue traveling despite aides testing positive for COVID-19

Marc Short with Pence in March. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.