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A group of 489 former national security leaders, including Paul Selva, a retired four-star general and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Trump, have endorsed Joe Biden for president.

The big picture: Among the names signing Thursday’s letter: Sean O'Keefe, a former Navy secretary for President George H.W. Bush; Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state for President George W. Bush; and Admiral Steve Abbot (ret.) who also worked in the last Bush White House.

  • Biden has also gathered a steady stream of endorsements from high-profile Republicans, including Cindy McCain, the wife of late Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party's nominee in 2008.

What they are saying: "We are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We love our country. Unfortunately, we also fear for it," they write in their Biden endorsement letter.

  • "We believe that Joe Biden is, above all, a good man with a strong sense of right and wrong."

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USA Today breaks tradition by endorsing Joe Biden

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USA Today, one of the largest newspapers by circulation in America, gave Joe Biden its first-ever presidential endorsement on Tuesday.

The big picture: A slew of media companies are endorsing a candidate this year for the first time ever, citing the unprecedented nature of this election.

Biden campaign to remove retired general from ad after complaint

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The Biden campaign told Politico on Monday it will remove images of a retired Army general who led anti-ISIS military coalition from a campaign ad after he objected to his inclusion, citing the apolitical nature of the military.

Why it matters: The complaint from retired Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland references a Pentagon policy that does not permit uniformed military service members or federal employees to participate in political campaigns. The Trump campaign has also been criticized for using images of Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mark Milley without his permission.

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Axios-Ipsos poll: Trump's sickness makes him harder to trust

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Large shares of women, seniors and independents now say they're less likely to trust President Trump for accurate information about COVID-19 since he caught it himself, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

The big picture: Week 28 of our national survey has most Americans rejecting ideas that Trump has floated around hydroxychloriquine as a virus treatment, how herd immunity works or any imminent availability of a vaccine.