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Combination images of President Trump, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, President-elect Joe Biden and and Rev. Raphael Warnock at their respective Georgia events. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden were both campaigning at events in Georgia Monday night on the eve of the pivotal twin runoffs in the state that'll determine which party controls the Senate.

The big picture: Trump at his rally in north Georgia made baseless claims about the 2020 election and warned the state's Democratic candidates would force a sharp swing to the left. Biden said at his Atlanta event a vote for those candidates, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, would lead to the Senate granting Americans $2,000 in stimulus checks.

What they're saying: At his event in Dalton, Trump spent much of his speech talking about the presidential election, saying "they're not going to take the White House" and that he's "going to fight like hell."

  • On the Georgia runoffs, Trump said, "These Senate seats are truly the last line of defense. It's really fight for our country, not a fight for Trump."

In Atlanta, Biden said if Warnock and Ossoff were elected, "those $2,000 checks will go out the door, restoring hope and decency and honor for so many people who are struggling right now."

  • He added that if Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler won the runoffs, "those checks will never get there. It's just that simple. The power is literally in your hands."

Of note: Trump last month refused to sign a coronavirus relief bill and government funding measure passed by Congress that his Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was involved in negotiating because he said the stimulus checks should be increased from $600 to $2,000 per person.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after House Democrats voted to increase the payments to $2,000 he did not see a "realistic path to quickly pass" such a bill in the chamber, effectively killing off the measure.
In photos: A tale of 2 rallies
A maskless Trump arrives to a packed rally at Dalton Regional Airport in Dalton, Ga. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
A masked Biden taking social distance coronavirus precautions while greeting supporters wearing face coverings at the Democrats' rally in Atlanta. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump at the Dalton rally. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
Senate Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff and Biden at their rally in the parking lot of Atlanta's Center Parc Stadium. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Republican supporters at the Dalton rally. Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images
Supporters at the Democrats' rally. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Go deeper: New Republican poll shows statistical tie in Georgia

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more photos.

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Top Democrats introduce bill to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2025

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A group of top Democrats on Tuesday introduced legislation to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour over five years.

Why it matters: The policy, which has widespread support among Democratic lawmakers, aligns with what President Joe Biden has called for in his emergency COVID-19 relief package. It would more than double the current minimum wage of $7.25.

The week the Trump show ended

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Donald Trump was eclipsed in media attention last week by President Biden for the first time since Trump took office, according to viewership data on the internet, on social media and on cable news.

Why it matters: After Trump crowded out nearly every other news figure and topic for five years, momentum of the new administration took hold last week and the former president retreated, partly by choice and partly by being forced off the big platforms.

Mike Allen, author of AM
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Courage vs. coddling with China

Peng Shuai of China serves during the China Open in Beijing in 2017. Photo: Andy Wong/AP

The women's professional tennis tour suspended tournaments in China Wednesday out of concern for Peng Shuai, on the same day that a top business voice made excuses for Beijing.

Why it matters: Ahead of February's Winter Olympics in Beijing, some sports figures are taking on the regime — while Big Business shrinks from confrontation with the world's second-largest economy.

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