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Former intelligence analyst Daniel Everette Hale was indicted for allegedly providing classified documents related to drone warfare to a reporter in 2014 while working at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Descriptions of that reporter match Jeremy Scahill, a founding editor of the Intercept, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: This is at least the third time an Intercept source has been arrested for leaking classified documents. NSA contractor Reality Winner leaked a classified NSA document on Russian meddling in the U.S. election to The Intercept in 2017, while ex-FBI agent Terry Albury was arrested in 2018 for leaking documents about the bureau's informant recruiting.. These arrests underscore the risk posed to sources involved in national security stories.

Details: The indictment alleges that Hale began communicating with the reporter in 2013 while enlisted in the Air Force and assigned to the NSA, and that he shared documents Scahill used an Intercept series called "The Drone Papers."

  • Hale was charged under the Espionage Act with theft of government property, obtaining national defense information and disclosure of classified communications intelligence information, among other charges. He was arrested Thursday morning ahead of his federal court appearance.

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Appeals court upholds six-day extension for counting Wisconsin ballots

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that extended the deadline for counting mail-in ballots in Wisconsin until Nov. 9 as long as they are postmarked by the Nov. 3 election, AP reports.

Why it matters: It's a big win for Democrats that also means that the winner of Wisconsin, a key presidential swing state, may not be known for six days after the election. Republicans are likely to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court, as the Pennsylvania GOP did after a similar ruling on Monday.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 33,489,205 — Total deaths: 1,004,278 — Total recoveries: 23,243,613Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m ET: 7,183,367 — Total deaths: 205,883 — Total recoveries: 2,794,608 — Total tests: 102,342,416Map.
  3. Health: Americans won't take Trump's word on the vaccine, Axios-Ipsos poll finds.
  4. States: NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June.
  5. Sports: Tennessee Titans close facility amid NFL's first coronavirus outbreak.
  6. World: U.K. beats previous record for new coronavirus cases.
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What to watch in tonight's debate

Joe Biden (left) and President Trump (right) are facing off in Cleveland for the first presidential debate. Photos: Alex Wong (of Biden) and David Hume Kennerly (of Trump)/Getty Images

President Trump will try to break Joe Biden's composure by going after his son Hunter and other family members in tonight's first presidential debate — a campaign source tells Axios "nothing will be off the table" — while Biden plans to stick to the economy, coronavirus and new revelations about how Trump avoided paying taxes.

Driving the news: Biden and Trump are set to debate at 9pm ET at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and it will be moderated by Fox News' Chris Wallace.

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