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Swedish prosecutors said Friday that they are dropping the arrest warrant for WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for the past five years while authorities in Stockholm investigated a rape case against him, reports AP. Assange has previously denied the allegations.

Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny said they are closing the case as they see no possibility of arresting Assange in the "foreseeable future." However, the investigation could be reopened if Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations end in 2020.

But: Assange still faces an arrest warrant in the U.K. for jumping bail, and London police officials said Friday that if he left the Ecuadorean embassy he would still be arrested, despite being wanted "for a much less serious offense." The U.S. DOJ is also considering whether to charge Assange for WikiLeaks' publications of classified American documents.

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How "naked ballots" could upend mail-in voting in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered state officials last week to throw out mail-in ballots submitted without a required inner "secrecy" envelope in November's election, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The state of play: The decision went under the radar alongside the simultaneous decision to extend the time that mail-in ballots could be counted, but Philadelphia's top elections official warned state legislators this week that throwing out so-called "naked ballots" could bring "electoral chaos" to the state and cause "tens of thousands of votes" to be thrown out — potentially tipping the presidential election.

Commission releases topics for first presidential debate

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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has selected what topics he'll cover while moderating the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden next week.

What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday. Each topic will receive 15 minutes of conversation and will be presented in no particular order.

Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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