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It was expected that former Vice President Joe Biden would do well with the same big-dollar donors once loyal to President Obama, but 97% of the overall contributions to Biden's presidential campaign came from those who donated less than $200, reports AP.

The big picture: Other 2020 candidates have rejected major fundraisers and boasted about their success with grassroots fundraising. Biden's team is saying these recent numbers illustrate that not only can Biden compete with other Democratic candidates, but also with President Trump's strong campaigning efforts, per AP.

Why it matters: Though the financial disclosure doesn't indicate just how many of those small dollars came from online donations, digital advertising and messaging operations tend to elicit more micro-spending. The Biden campaign has already invested heavily in online digital ads.

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Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue

Joe Biden speaks Friday about "The Biden Plan to Beat COVID-19," at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

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The murder hornets are here

A braver man than me holds a speciment of the Asian giant hornet. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.