President Trump condemned the far-right Proud Boys on "Hannity" Thursday night after saying at this week's presidential debate the group should "stand back and stand by."

Why it matters: After the debate, Trump's advisers felt the president needed to outright condemn far-right extremists and white supremacy, per Axios' Alayna Treene. Congressional Republicans also pressed Trump to clarify his comment, including Tim Scott, the Senate's lone Black Republican.

What he’s saying: “I’ve said it many times, let me be clear again, I condemn the KKK. I condemn all white supremacists. I condemn the Proud Boys," Trump told host Sean Hannity. "I don’t know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing, but I condemn that.”

The big picture: Trump on Wednesday said he doesn't know about the group, but added "they have to stand down and let law enforcement do their work."

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Oct 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Election night in Trumpworld

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A luxe election-night watch party at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue is being planned for President Trump's donors, friends and advisers — but Trump's hand in it is minimal because he's "very superstitious" — people familiar with the plans tell Axios.

The big picture: This "mecca for all things MAGA," as one adviser described it, is one of three hubs where they say Trumpworld will watch returns. The others are the war room at campaign HQ in Rosslyn, Virginia, and the White House residence, where Trump and the first lady will gather close family and advisers before heading to the hotel later that night, the sources said.

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  2. Health: 13 states set single-day case records last week — U.S. reports over 80,000 new cases for second consecutive day.
  3. Business: Where stimulus is needed most.
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U.S.-brokered ceasefire collapses in Nagorno-Karabakh

Volunteer fighters in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S.-brokered ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh crumbled within hours on Monday, leaving the month-old war rumbling on.

Why it matters: Nearly 5,000 people have been killed, according to Vladimir Putin’s rough estimate, including more than 100 civilians. Between 70,000 and 100,000 more are believed to have fled the fighting.

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