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Evan Vucci / AP

Mike Flynn holds the record for the shortest term as head of the National Security Council, according to the Washington Post, as well as the fastest resignation for an appointed administration official of at least the past five administrations:

  • Obama: 8 months after the inauguration, his "green jobs czar," Van Jones, resigned because of past affiliations with 9/11 conspiracies and calling Republicans "a**holes" in a video before he was appointed, according to Politico.
  • Bush: 15 months into the administration, an influential advisor, Karen Hughes, resigned to move back to Texas with her family, according to NYT.
  • Clinton: 10 months after he took office, Deputy Secretary of State Clifton R. Wharton Jr. was forced to resign because of policy issues in the Department.
  • Bush: After 21 months as Labor Secretary, Elizabeth Dole resigned. Her spokeswoman said at the time that "she felt it was time to move on."
  • Reagan: After 11 months, Max L. Friedersdorf, the assistant to the President for legislative affairs, resigned for another job.

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  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day — U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record.
  2. Politics: States beg for Warp Speed billions.
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States beg for Warp Speed billions

A COVID-19 drive-thru testing center yesterday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Photo: David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP

Operation Warp Speed has an Achilles' heel: States need billions to distribute vaccines — and many say they don't have the cash.

Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.

Court rules Minnesota absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Election Day

An election judge drops a ballot in a ballot box at a drive through drop-off for absentee ballots in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

An appeals court on Thursday ruled that Minnesota absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Why it matters: The ruling, which comes just five days before the election, blocks the state's plan to count absentee ballots arriving late so long as they're postmarked by Nov. 3 and delivered within a week of the election. Now those ballots must be set aside and marked late.