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Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary, resigned from Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet on Monday — just hours after Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned over May's proposed plan for a "soft" Brexit, per the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg.

Why it matters: This is now a full-fledged crisis for May's premiership — Johnson has long been eyeing her position, having been an early frontrunner for prime minister just after the Brexit vote in 2016 — and it comes just before her plan to push a version of Brexit that would maintain a close economic relationship with the European Union.

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Pandemic scrambles Americans' acceptance of science

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The pandemic is throwing a wrench into Americans' understanding of science, which has big implications for climate change.

Driving the news: Recent focus groups in battleground states suggest some voters are more skeptical of scientists in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, while surveys reveal the persistence of a deep partisan divide.

Spotify has a Joe Rogan dilemma

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Spotify is getting slammed for allowing Joe Rogan, one of its most popular podcasters, to host far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his show.

Why it matters: The company, which still distributes mostly music, will begin to encounter more of these types of problems as it expands its podcast business.

Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day

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In the final week before Election Day, new coronavirus infections have soared to an all-time high — virtually guaranteeing that the pandemic will be the most prominent issue in America as voters prepare to choose the next president.

The big picture: Cases are surging and local hospitals are straining at the very moment that voters are choosing between President Trump, who continues to insist that the pandemic is almost over, and Joe Biden, who has made the crisis a centerpiece of his campaign.