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A federal judge on Friday ordered President Trump's voter fraud commission to turn over internal documents and give one of its Democratic members more access to the panel's records, according to multiple reports.

Why it matters: Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of four Democrats on the 11-member board, had accused the panel of withholding crucial information from him and he's unable to be an active member.

Background: The commission, formally known as the President's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, was created after Trump falsely claimed that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular vote in the 2016 election. Critics have accused the panel of being politically motivated, saying it's an attempt to substantiate the Trump claims.

The judge said her injunction might have come too late, per Politico. The commission held its last meeting in September and officials have said it will not meet again this year, according to Politico. It was expected to issue a report early next year, but several members reportedly say it's unclear if that would happen because the panel has been dormant for a couple of months

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Boeing and researchers at the University of Arizona say their experiment with a live virus on an unoccupied airplane proves that the cleaning methods currently used by airlines are effective in destroying the virus that causes COVID-19.

Why it matters: Deep cleaning aircraft between flights is one of many tactics the airline industry is using to try to restore public confidence in flying during the pandemic. The researchers say their study proves there is virtually no risk of transmission from touching objects including armrests, tray tables, overhead bins or lavatory handles on a plane.

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Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked a vote on Republicans' $500 billion targeted COVID-19 relief bill, a far less comprehensive package than the $1.8 trillion+ deal currently being negotiated between the Trump administration and House Democrats.

Why it matters: There's little appetite in the Senate for a stimulus bill with a price tag as large as what President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been calling for. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) "skinny" proposal was mostly seen as a political maneuver, as it had little chance of making it out of the Senate.