Combination images of former first lady Michelle Obama and NBA star LeBron James. Photos: Theo Wargo/Getty Images; Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Former first lady Michelle Obama and NBA star LeBron James are teaming up their get-out-the-vote campaigns to encourage people to cast their ballots early for the general election.

Driving the news: Obama's When We All Vote and James' More Than a Vote campaigns are hosting a series of events across the U.S. Oct. 18–31, featuring celebrities, DJs and food, while also providing information on voting.

  • Coronavirus precautions will be in place at the programs, and all present will be required to follow CDC safety guidelines.

What they're saying: "Millions of Americans have already cast their ballot and with only 21 days until Election Day. Making your plan to vote early is critical," Obama said Tuesday in a statement to AP.

  • "It's now up to us to do everything in our power to get our friends and family ready to vote early and safely together. We can't leave anyone behind."

Go deeper: Barack Obama praises LeBron James' voting drive for Black districts

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Pence no longer expected at Amy Coney Barrett's final confirmation vote

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Vice President Mike Pence no longer plans to attend the Senate's final confirmation vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a Pence aide confirmed to CNN and Politico on Monday. On Sunday, Senate Democrats claimed that his presence after possible exposure to the coronavirus would be a "violation of common decency."

Driving the news: Five of Pence's aides were recently diagnosed with COVID-19, including his chief of staff, who is currently quarantining. Pence has continued his campaign travel despite his possible exposure, which goes against CDC guidelines.

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U.S.-brokered ceasefire collapses in Nagorno-Karabakh

Volunteer fighters in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S.-brokered ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh crumbled within hours on Monday, leaving the month-old war rumbling on.

Why it matters: Nearly 5,000 people have been killed, according to Vladimir Putin’s rough estimate, including more than 100 civilians. Between 70,000 and 100,000 more are believed to have fled the fighting.

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