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Florida’s secretary of state, Michael Ertel, resigned Thursday after a Tallahassee newspaper obtained photos of him wearing blackface and shared them with Gov. Ron DeSantis, who appointed Ertel to the role.

Details: The photos were taken in 2005 while Ertel was serving as Seminole County supervisor of elections, and reportedly show him posing as a Hurricane Katrina victim at a Halloween party. Ertel would not comment on the record about the incident.

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Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.