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Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris on Friday signed the required documents to receive the Democratic nomination for president and vice president at next week's convention.

Why it matters: The pair is officially one step closer to becoming the ticket to take on President Trump and Vice President Pence.

  • The documents confirm that they are seeking the offices of president and vice president — and that they're qualified to do so and accept being placed on the ballot.
  • They're a required step to appear on ballots nationwide.
  • "I’m signing this because I’m in this race to win with that guy right there," Harris said, pointing to Biden — next to her at the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington, Del.

The big picture: Biden and Harris have already gotten to work during their first days together as the Democratic ticket. On Thursday, they attended a joint coronavirus briefing and economic briefing with two groups of experts.

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The top Republicans who aren't voting for Trump in 2020

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Vice President Pence's former lead staffer on the White House coronavirus task force announced that she plans to vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 election, while accusing President Trump of costing lives with his pandemic response.

Why it matters: Olivia Troye, who described herself as a life-long Republican, joins other prominent Republicans who have publicly said they will either not vote for Trump's re-election this November or will back Biden.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

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When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 6,766,631 — Total deaths: 199,268 — Total recoveries: 2,577,446 — Total tests: 94,211,463Map.
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