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After another long day yesterday piling on the political scrutiny and user outrage — in addition to an emergency meeting for Facebook employees where CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg were noticeably absent — Axios broke the news today that Zuckerberg will speak up soon.

In the interim: The Facebook executive tasked with taking all the heat on the whole Cambridge Analytica affair has been deputy general counsel Paul Grewal. It was Grewal who faced employees on Tuesday and he sent out the statement last week announcing that Cambridge Analytica had been suspended.

  • From 2010 to 2016, Grewal was a federal magistrate judge in Northern California, where he handled a range of matters. He left the bench to join Facebook in May 2016.
  • He's a past president of both the South Asian Bar of Northern California and the North American South Asian Bar Association. On Twitter, he is known for taking controversial stands, but only on sports, especially Cleveland sports.
  • Prior to his time on the bench as a magistrate, he worked at two law firms: Pillsbury Madison & Sutro and Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder. He also clerked for two federal judges — Sam H. Bell of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and Federal Circuit Appeals Court Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa.

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Axios-Ipsos poll: Fear of voting

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: ±3.0% margin of error for the total sample; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to worry about in-person voting — with nearly two in three seeing it as a large or moderate risk to their health — according to this week's installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: This could pose a significant disadvantage for Joe Biden and other Democratic candidates in November if the pattern holds — especially in states where high infection rates persist, or where there are significant hurdles to mail-in, absentee or early voting.

Trump: Coronavirus is "under control"

President Trump said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that he thinks the coronavirus is as well-controlled in the U.S. as it can be, despite dramatic surges in new infections over the course of the summer and more than 150,000 American deaths.

  • “They are dying, that's true. And you have — it is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague,” he told Axios' Jonathan Swan.
Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 18,295,434 — Total deaths: 694,233 — Total recoveries — 10,926,704Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 4,717,716 — Total deaths: 155,471 — Total recoveries: 1,513,446 — Total tests: 57,543,852Map.
  3. Education — Fauci: Schools can reopen with safeguards, but those in virus hot spots should remain closed
  4. Politics: White House will require staff to undergo randomized testing — Pelosi says Birx "enabled" Trump on misinformation.
  5. Sports: 13 members of St. Louis Cardinals test positive, prompting MLB to cancel Tigers series — Former FDA chief says MLB outbreaks should be warning sign.
  6. 1 🎥 thing: "Tenet" may be the first major film to get a global pandemic release.