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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to temporarily block a lower court's decision that would've stopped the Trump administration's policy to send asylum seekers to Mexico, the AP reports.

The backdrop: On Monday, Judge Richard Seeborg's ruling paused the change to the American asylum system, saying the policy does not comply with federal law. The appeals court will hear the arguments from the government and civil groups next week. Immigration officials have halted the practice of sending asylum seekers to Mexico until the appeals court reaches a decision, per the AP. About 1,300 people have been returned to Mexico under this program.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will temporarily allow asylum seekers to return to Mexico.

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The missed opportunities for 2020 and beyond

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As the 2020 presidential campaign draws to a close, President Trump and Joe Biden have focused little on some of the most sweeping trends that will outlive the fights of the moment.

Why it matters: Both have engaged on some issues, like climate change and China, on their own terms, and Biden has addressed themes like economic inequality that work to his advantage. But others have gone largely unmentioned — a missed opportunity to address big shifts that are changing the country.

Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.