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In a dramatic reversal, 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden told a DNC summit in Atlanta Thursday night that would call for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, per AP.

Be smart: This, plus Biden's left-of-Obama climate plan, shows the gravitational pull of liberals.

The big picture: Biden has been a longtime supporter of the amendment, which bans the use of federal funds for abortion services except in cases of rape, incest or life-threatening circumstances. Abortion rights have become an increasingly divisive topic for Democratic presidential hopefuls following a series of recent abortion bans in Red states.

  • Biden's campaign confirmed his support of the Hyde Amendment on Wednesday before he backpedaled on his decades-long support. Other 2020 Democrats used Biden's original stance to attack the front-runner, and position themselves as contenders.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Biden was wrong for supporting the congressional ban at an MSNBC town hall earlier in the week.
  • Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Tex.) also described Biden's abortion stance as "absolutely wrong."

What he's saying: Biden says at a time when Republicans are "are denying the poorest and vulnerable Americans," he can't rationalize supporting the amendment any longer, per NBC. He also said he only supported the amendment because he believed there was wide enough access to abortions without government support, per AP.

“If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment” that makes it more difficult for some women to access health care."
— Former Vice President Joe Biden, reports the New York Times

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Germany goes back into lockdown

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will enact one of Europe's strictest coronavirus lockdowns since spring, closing bars and restaurants nationwide for most of November, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Germany is the latest European country to reimpose some form of lockdown measures amid a surge in cases across the continent.

How overhyping became an election meddling tool

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As online platforms and intelligence officials get more sophisticated about detecting and stamping out election meddling campaigns, bad actors are increasingly seeing the appeal of instead exaggerating their own interference capabilities to shake Americans' confidence in democracy.

Why it matters: It doesn't take a sophisticated operation to sow seeds of doubt in an already fractious and factionalized U.S. Russia proved that in 2016, and fresh schemes aimed at the 2020 election may already be proving it anew.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Biden ahead in Wisconsin, Michigan as cases surge in the Midwest.
  2. Health: Surge "is real" and not just caused by more tests, Trump's testing czar saysMask mandates help control the rise in hospitalizations Some coronavirus survivors have "autoantibodies."
  3. Business: Surge is sinking consumer confidence Testing is a windfall.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. World: Putin mandates face masks.

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