Joe Biden said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that he will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new recommendation that people wear face coverings when they leave home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Why it matters: After the White House announced the guideline last week, President Trump said he will likely not wear a mask and emphasized that the guidance was "voluntary."

What he's saying: "Look, I think it's important to follow the science," Biden said. "Listen to the experts. Do what they tell you. You know, [Trump] may not like how he looks in a mask, but the truth of the matter is: Follow the science. That's what they're telling us."

The big picture: Biden also warned that until there's a vaccine, Americans must stay serious about social distancing efforts in order to ensure that the virus doesn't return for a second wave.

  • He added that it's possible the Democratic Party may have to hold its convention, which has already been postponed until August, virtually.
  • "We may not be able to put 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 people in one place, and that's very possible," Biden said. "Again, let's see where it is. What we do between now and then is going to dictate a lot of that as well."

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Supreme Court rejects request to extend Wisconsin absentee ballot deadline

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The Supreme Court rejected in a 5-3 decision Monday Wisconsin Democrats' request to reinstate an extension of the deadline for counting absentee ballots to six days after Election Day, as long as they're postmarked by Nov. 3.

Why it matters: All ballots must now be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in Wisconsin, a critical swing state in the presidential election.

Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett before a meeting on Capitol Hill on Oct. 21. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/pool/AFP via Getty Images

The Senate voted 52-48 on Monday to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. She is expected to be sworn in within hours.

Why it matters: President Trump and Senate Republicans have succeeded in confirming a third conservative justice in just four years, tilting the balance of the Supreme Court firmly to the right for perhaps a generation.