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Outgoing Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been in her role since July 2017, and has made a variety of controversial comments defending the actions of President Trump during her tenure.

The big picture: Sanders has been one of Trump's most loyal defenders. Sanders has also been one of the longest-serving press secretaries in this administration, but took the role of adviser toward the end of her tenure.

What she's said:

  • Sanders defended Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey by telling reporters “countless members of the FBI” no longer had confidence in Comey's ability to lead the bureau, reports Vox. The Mueller report revealed that Sanders mischaracterized the dismissal, to which she defended as a "slip of the tongue."
  • After the White House revoked the press credentials of CNN's Jim Acosta, Sanders shared an allegedly doctored video of Acosta grabbing a microphone violently from a female White House staff member.
  • Sanders defended a false narrative that 4,000 known or suspected terrorists have entered the U.S. illegally through "vulnerable" points along the U.S.-Mexico border, per CBS.
  • During a press conference, Sanders defended Trump when he said people who enter the country illegally are "animals." She said he was referring to the gang MS-13, and didn't go far enough in her opinion, per PBS.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

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When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.