• Trump claims reporters are covering up terrorist attacks. When pressed for examples, the White House produces a list of attacks, most of which would be easily recognizable to media consumers.
  • Sean Spicer goes on the record to argue the president doesn't own a robe, after New York Times says he decamps to his room in the evening, throws on his robe and watches cable. Twitter explodes with photos of Trump in robes -- and countless reporters gleefully retweet them.
  • Politico, in a triple-bylined piece, says Trump was hacked off at Spicer being imitated by a woman on SNL. "Trump doesn't like his people to look weak," a donor tells Politico.

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The next cliff for the unemployed

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A program supporting Americans who are typically ineligible for unemployment benefits will expire at the end of the year, with millions still relying on it as the labor market sputters.

Why it matters: The result could be catastrophic for the economic recovery that Wall Street fears is already fragile.

The apocalypse scenario

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Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures. One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.

Why it matters: Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, together with a widely circulated article in The Atlantic about how bad the worst-case scenarios could get, is drawing new attention to the brutal fights that could jeopardize a final outcome.

Federal judge rules Trump administration can't end census early

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A federal judge ruled late Thursday that the Trump administration could not end the 2020 census a month early.

Why it matters: The decision states that an early end — on Sept. 30, instead of Oct. 31 — would likely produce inaccuracies and thus impact political representation and government funding around the country.

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