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Sen. Bernie Sanders is urging the Biden campaign to focus more on the economy and not “just go after Trump."

Why it matters: Sanders had been privately grousing about the Biden campaign and even urged the campaign to “intensify its focus on pocketbook issues and appeals to liberal voters,” according to a Washington Post story that popped on Saturday.

In a Sunday interview with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi, Sanders denied the report but then said, “I think we need to give people a good reason to vote for Joe Biden.”

  • “Joe has some pretty strong positions on the economy, and we need to do a better job of talking about that.”
  •  “I think Biden's in an excellent position to win this election,” he said. “But I think we've got to do more as a campaign than just go after Trump.”

The big picture: Biden still maintains a healthy lead in most national and battleground polls, with a new Fox News survey giving Biden a 51%-46% overall lead over Trump.

  • But the poll shows voters trust Trump over Biden on the economy by 5 percentage points.

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Dec 20, 2020 - World

Biden and Mexico's López Obrador discuss "new approach" to migration issues

Combination images of President-elect Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: Hector Vivas/Getty Images/Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador discussed in a phone call Saturday working together on a "new approach" to migration that "offers alternatives to undertaking the dangerous journey" to the U.S.

Why it matters: The statement from Biden's transition team on the call details represents a key part of the president-elect's plans to overhaul President Trump's aggressive border policy.

Super typhoon Surigae explodes to Cat. 5 intensity

Super Typhoon Surigae seen on satellite imagery Saturday morning east of the Philippines. (CIRA/RAMMB)

Super Typhoon Surigae surged in intensity from a Category 1 storm on Friday to a beastly Category 5 monster on Saturday, with maximum sustained winds estimated at 190 mph with higher gusts.

Why it matters: This storm — known as Typhoon Bising in the Philippines — is just the latest of many tropical cyclones to undergo a process known as rapid intensification, a feat that studies show is becoming more common due to climate change.