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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is thinking about joining the already crowded 2020 Democratic race for the presidency, reports the AP.

Why it matters: Some Democrats feel wary that no candidate has truly broken out in the race — all amid party handwringing that frontrunner Joe Biden's campaign is flagging, leaving the moderate lane open for a new challenger.

  • Patrick would be the second high-profile contender to consider joining the Democratic race late in recent days. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed last week to enter Alabama's primary.
  • There are fewer than three months until the first votes are cast, which would force Patrick to build out his campaign operations quickly.

Yes, but: His late entrance this cycle would mean that finding key staff could be difficult. Patrick's former chief of staff Doug Rubin already works for presidential candidate Tom Steyer.

What's next: While Patrick hasn't made a final decision about whether or not to run, he'll have to signal his intentions soon. The deadline to file for New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary is Friday.

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There have been at least 3,689 COVID-19 or coronavirus-like illness cases on cruise ships in U.S. waters, "in addition to at least 41 reported deaths," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Wednesday.

Driving the news: The CDC released the data from the period of March 1 through Sept. 29 in an emailed statement confirming the extension of a No Sail Order for cruise ships through Oct. 31, as first reported by Axios' Jonathan Swan on Tuesday in his article revealing CDC director Robert Redfield was overruled in a push to extend the order into 2021.

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Facebook removes Trump ads tying refugees to COVID-19

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Facebook said Wednesday that it was removing a series of ads from President Trump's campaign that linked American acceptance of refugees with increased coronavirus risk, a connection Facebook says is without merit.

Why it matters: The ads were pulled after they received thousands of impressions and are a sign that the Trump campaign continues to test the limits of social media rules on false information.