President Trump, in his element at a rally in Fargo, North Dakota, Wednesday night, used Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement to fire up his supporters and encourage them to get out and elect more Republicans:

“Kennedy's retirement makes the issue of Senate control one of the vital issues of our time ... Democrats want judges who will rewrite the Constitution any way they want to do it, and take away your Second Amendment, erase your borders, throw open the jailhouse doors, and destroy your freedoms. We must elect more Republicans.”

More on Kennedy: "I'm very honored that he chose to do it during my term in office because he felt confident in me to make the right choice and carry on his great legacy." Trump added, "Now we have to pick one [a replacement] that's going to be there for 40 years, 45 years."

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Scoop: Secret Israel-Sudan contacts paved the way for deal sealed by Trump

Trump on the phone with the leaders of Sudan and Israel. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty

While the U.S. officially brokered the Israel-Sudan normalization deal, it was Israel that facilitated talks between the U.S. and Sudan on the broader deal that included Sudan’s removal from America’s state sponsors of terrorism list.

Why it matters: Israel’s secret contacts with Sudanese officials paved the way for a deal that was nearly a year in the making.

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Trump's testing czar: COVID surge "is real" and not just caused by more tests

Assistant Secretary of Health Adm. Brett Giroir, who leads the federal government's coronavirus testing response, pushed back on Wednesday against President Trump's continued claims that rising coronavirus cases are a product of increased testing.

The big picture: Every available piece of data shows that the pandemic is getting worse again across the country. Hospitalizations are on the rise — and some hospitals are warning that they could soon be overwhelmed — while 13 states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day.