Ocasio-Cortez at the State of the Union. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump jumped in his State of the Union address from the "socialist policies" of Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro — which he said had plunged the South American country into "abject poverty and despair" — to "new calls to adopt socialism in our country."

Why it matters: Trump's point is a simple one: When you hear calls for socialism from the likes of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Sen. Bernie Sanders, think of the disaster in Venezuela. He added: "Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country." However, the causes of Venezuela's economic collapse go beyond "socialist policies" — they include corruption, criminality and economic mismanagement at the highest levels of government.

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Supreme Court blocks Alabama curbside voting measure

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday evening blocked a lower court order that would have allowed voters to cast ballots curbside at Alabama polling places on Election Day.

Whit it matters: With less than two weeks until Election Day, the justices voted 5-3 to reinstate the curbside voting ban and overturn a lower court judge's ruling designed to protect people with disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Senate Democrats block vote on McConnell's targeted COVID relief bill McConnell urges White House not to strike stimulus deal before election.
  2. Economy: Why the stimulus delay isn't a crisis (yet).
  3. Health: New York reports most COVID cases since MayStudies show drop in coronavirus death rate — The next wave is gaining steam.
  4. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots — San Francisco public schools likely won't reopen before the end of the year.
  5. World: Spain becomes first nation in Western Europe to exceed 1 million cases.

U.S. officials: Iran and Russia aim to interfere in election

Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information that can be used to undermine confidence in the U.S. election system, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced at a press conference Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The revelation comes roughly two weeks before Election Day. Ratcliffe said Iran has sent threatening emails to Democratic voters this week in states across the U.S. and spread videos claiming that people can vote more than once.