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Former Vice President Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in over two months on Monday to honor Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a Delaware veterans park, AP reports.

Why it matters: Biden, the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, has taken the unprecedented step of campaigning from his home during the coronavirus pandemic, ever since canceling a rally in Cleveland on March 10.

  • Biden has frequently appeared in media interviews from his Delaware basement, where he has on occasion faced technical glitches and drawn taunts from the Trump campaign.
  • Biden and his wife, Jill, both wore cloth masks on the unannounced visit to the park, in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. President Trump has declined to wear a mask while in public.

The big picture: Trump honored Memorial Day with a wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and a second visit to Baltimore’s Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine — despite pleas from Baltimore's mayor not to attend due to the pandemic and the added cost of security that the city will have to bear.

  • The president also played golf in Virginia this weekend, his first trip to one of his income properties since March 8.

What to watch: Biden's emergence from his home could signal a return to physical campaigning for the candidate, even if rallies and in-person conventions are unlikely to occur.

  • Per the AP, Biden's advisers say they plan to resume in-person campaigning eventually, including travel, but that they'll defer to the advice of health care professionals on that timeline.

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Reality check: More context would have shown that Biden was quoting President Trump and Vice President Pence as saying, "You won't be safe in Joe Biden's America," during a speech in which the Democratic nominee was condemning violent protests and Trump's response to social unrest.

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Climate change groups demand Biden ban fossil fuel reps in his admin

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The green movement's left flank is stepping up efforts to shape Joe Biden's circle of advisers, releasing an open letter Tuesday calling for a ban on all "fossil fuel executives, lobbyists, and representatives from any advisory or official position on [Biden's] campaign, transition team, cabinet, and administration."

The big picture: It's signed by 145 local and national groups. These are actors that will battle more moderate Democrats for influence if Biden wins and Democrats control Congress, such as Sunrise, Oil Change U.S., Justice Democrats, 350.org, Greenpeace and others.

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The Pac-12, which includes universities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Washington state, will play football starting Nov. 6, reversing its earlier decision to postpone the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The conference's about-face follows a similar move by the Big Ten last week and comes as President Trump has publicly pressured sports to resume despite the ongoing pandemic. The Pac-12 will play a seven-game conference football season, according to ESPN.

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