From an analysis by Alexander Kliment and Gabe Lipton of Eurasia Group Media's Signal newsletter, here are some of the most popular leaders of the world's large countries:

Behind the numbers: Given that the state controls TV, where 90% of Russians get their news, Putin is certainly able to shape people's perceptions. But it would be a mistake to simply assume that this means his approval rating is "fake." Many Russians genuinely support him.

  • South Korea's Moon has won sympathy by taking a common man approach in sharp contrast to the aloof stylings of his predecessor, who was impeached for corruption.
  • Indonesia's Widodo has maintained his popularity by tackling corruption and improving people's standard of living.
  • In Marci's Argentina, the economy turned around just in time for his party to win important midterm elections late last month that will boost his efforts to reverse years of economic mismanagement by his predecessors.
  • And Trudeau's Canada has become the fastest growing economy among the world's seven advanced economies.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 a.m. ET: 30,199,007 — Total deaths: 946,490— Total recoveries: 20,544, 967Map
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 a.m. ET: 6,675,593 — Total deaths: 197,644 — Total recoveries: 2,540,334 — Total tests: 90,710,730Map
  3. Politics: Former Pence aide says she plans to vote for Joe Biden, accusing Trump of costing lives in his coronavirus response.
  4. Health: Pew: 49% of Americans wouldn't get COVID-19 vaccine if available today Pandemic may cause cancer uptick The risks of moving too fast on a vaccine — COVID-19 racial disparities extend to health coverage losses.
  5. Business: Retail sales return to pre-coronavirus trend.
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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.