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Walter Isaacson, former CEO of CNN and TIME managing editor, interviewed John Brennan, former CIA director under the Obama Administration, on Russian cyberattacks on the 2016 presidential election at a Fortune event Wednesday. Brennan detailed the extent of the hacking, noting that he's "never seen it this bad."

  • How do you know the hack was authorized by Putin personally? "We have ways."
  • On Trump's praise of Putin, given Russia's interference in U.S. election: "It made my blood boil."
  • Intent of Russian hacking: They were out to ruin Hillary Clinton. "They wanted her bloodied by the time of the election."
  • Difference between a missile attack and a hack? "There's a return address."

Call to action: "This partisan environment in Washington is going to undermine our country's prosperity... if there's going to be a solution, it needs to be an unprecedented partnership between the government and the private sectors."

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Election clues county by county

Ipsos and the University of Virginia's Center for Politics are out with an interactive U.S. map that goes down to the county level to track changes in public sentiment that could decide the presidential election.

How it works: The 2020 Political Atlas tracks President Trump's approval ratings, interest around the coronavirus, what's dominating social media and other measures, with polling updated daily — enhancing UVA's "Crystal Ball."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 31,605,656 — Total deaths: 970,934 Total recoveries: 21,747,491Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 6,897,432 — Total deaths: 200,814 — Total recoveries: 2,646,959 — Total tests: 96,612,436Map.
  3. Health: The U.S. reaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths — The CDC's crumbling reputation — America turns against coronavirus vaccine.
  4. Politics: Elected officials are failing us on much-needed stimulus.
  5. Business: Two-thirds of business leaders think pandemic will lead to permanent changes — Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus.
  6. Sports: NFL fines maskless coaches.

Trump pushes to expand ban against anti-racism training to federal contractors

Trump speaking at Moon Township, Penns., on Sept. 22. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump announced late Tuesday that the White House attempt to halt federal agencies' anti-racism training would be expanded to block federal contractors from "promoting radical ideologies that divide Americans by race or sex."

Why it matters: The executive order appears to give the government the ability to cancel contracts if anti-racist or diversity trainings focused on sexual identity or gender are organized. The memo applies to executive departments and agencies, the U.S. military, federal contractors and federal grant recipients.

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