George Weah on the campaign trail. Photo: Issouf Sanogo / AFP / Getty Images

George Weah was sworn in as Liberia's president today, assuming the office from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Africa's first female president, per the AP. The handoff completed the first peaceful transition of power in Liberia since 1944 in a country which has been through by two civil wars in recent decades spurred by the actions of former dictator Charles Taylor.

Why it matters: It's a positive step for the viability of democracy in Liberia, which has been marred by food shortages and unemployment on top of 2014-2015's crippling Ebola outbreak. Weah, FIFA's 1995 Player of the Year, promised "progress" in his inaugural address, rather than "quick fixes or miracles."

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Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP request to limit mail-in voting

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The Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from Pennsylvania's Republican Party to shorten the deadlines for mail-in ballots in the state. Thanks to the court's 4-4 deadlock, ballots can be counted for several days after Election Day.

Why it matters: It's a major win for Democrats that could decide the fate of thousands of ballots in a crucial swing state that President Trump won in 2016. The court's decision may signal how it would deal with similar election-related litigation in other states.

Microphones will be muted during parts of Thursday's presidential debate

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The Commission on Presidential Debates adopted new rules on Monday to mute microphones to allow President Trump and Joe Biden two minutes of uninterrupted time per segment during Thursday night's debate, AP reports.

Why it matters: In the September debate, Trump interrupted Biden 71 times, compared with Biden's 22 interruptions of Trump.

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  1. Politics: Trump says if Biden's elected, "he'll listen to the scientists"Trump calls Fauci a "disaster" on campaign call.
  2. Health: Coronavirus hospitalizations are on the rise — 8 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week.
  3. States: Wisconsin judge reimposes capacity limit on indoor venues.
  4. Media: Trump attacks CNN as "dumb b*stards" for continuing to cover pandemic.
  5. Business: Consumer confidence surveys show Americans are getting nervousHow China's economy bounced back from coronavirus.
  6. Sports: We've entered the era of limited fan attendance.
  7. Education: Why education technology can’t save remote learning.