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The unlikely author pairing of President Bill Clinton and James Patterson has proved successful, making Clinton part of a rare club of authors who have sold a million copies of fiction and nonfiction titles.

The big picture: Barnes & Noble buyer Sessalee Hensley released a statement saying the thriller has achieved success from "very strong word of mouth" among readers, but critical reviews have been less forcefully in favor of its literary credentials. The book plot is focused on cyber security threats and dangers.

Go deeper: Considering general weariness with the Clintons after the 2016 presidential campaign, this bookselling achievement is impressive.

  • Showtime acquired the rights to a television series based on the novel last fall, which dives into how a fictional president facing impeachment proceedings disappears in the face of a cyberattack that dismantles Secret Service protections.

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Boeing's one-two punch

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The grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX was the worst crisis in the plane-maker’s century-long history. At least until the global pandemic hit.

Why it matters: Wall Street expects it will be cleared to fly again before year-end. Orders for what was once the company’s biggest moneymaker were expected to rebound after the ungrounding, but now the unprecedented slump in travel will dash airlines’ appetite for the MAX and any other new planes, analysts say — putting more pressure on the hard-hit company.

New downloads of TikTok, WeChat to be blocked in U.S. on Sunday

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The Commerce Department issued Friday an order blocking new downloads of WeChat and TikTok in the U.S. as of Sept. 20.

The state of play: President Trump has been in a standoff with TikTok, threatening to ban the app if its Chinese owner, ByteDance, does not relinquish control to a U.S. company. A deal is in the works with the American tech company Oracle, but would need to go through before Sunday to prevent TikTok from being ousted from app stores.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 30,211,680 — Total deaths: 946,710— Total recoveries: 20,551,632Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 6,676,410 — Total deaths: 197,655 — Total recoveries: 2,540,334 — Total tests: 91,546,598Map.
  3. Politics: Trump vs. his own administration on virus response.
  4. Health: Massive USPS face mask operation called off The risks of moving too fast on a vaccine.
  5. Business: 1 million mortgage-holders fall through safety netHow the pandemic has deepened Boeing's 737 MAX crunch.
  6. Education: At least 42% of school employees are vulnerable.