Kanye West discussed gun violence and racism in America at length in a roller coaster, 25-minute appearance in the Oval Office during a meeting with President Trump and former NFL running back Jim Brown, stating that Trump is on a "hero's journey" before ending things with a hug.

The details: West — at the White House to discuss prison reform, a cause championed by his wife, Kim Kardashian — explained his support for Trump, telling him that his "Make America Great Again" hat makes him "feel like Superman." Trump called Kanye's comments "really nice" and "from the heart" and praised both him and Brown as "special people."

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  1. Politics: Biden ahead in Wisconsin, Michigan as cases surge in the Midwest.
  2. Health: Surge "is real" and not just caused by more tests, Trump's testing czar saysMask mandates help control rise in hospitalizations Some coronavirus survivors have "autoantibodies."
  3. Business: Surge is sinking consumer confidence Testing is a windfall.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. World: Germany to close bars and restaurants for a month Putin mandates face masks.

Parties trade election influence accusations at Big Tech hearing

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A Senate hearing Wednesday with Big Tech CEOs became the backdrop for Democrats and Republicans to swap accusations of inappropriate electioneering.

Why it matters: Once staid tech policy debates are quickly becoming a major focal point of American culture and political wars, as both parties fret about the impact of massive social networks being the new public square.

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Germany goes back into lockdown

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will enact one of Europe's strictest coronavirus lockdowns since spring, closing bars and restaurants nationwide for most of November, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Germany is the latest European country to reimpose some form of lockdown measures amid a surge in cases across the continent.