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If you were skeptical that President Trump would give up his lifelong habit of reading the New York Times, you were right to be.

Driving the news: Sources familiar with the president's iPhone told Axios that the president maintains a digital portal to the two newspapers he recently banished from the West Wing: the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Between the lines: The White House recently announced it was canceling subscriptions to the New York Times and Washington Post after Trump complained about their unfriendly coverage. But sources familiar with the president's cellphone — an iPhone XS Max — said Trump has not deleted the NYT and WaPo apps.

  • Perhaps that's why Trump issued a tweet on Oct. 26 that suggested he wasn't quite abiding by his NYT/WaPo ban: "The Fake Washington Post keeps doing phony stories, with zero sources, that I am concerned with the Impeachment scam."

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Between the lines: Deaths usually lag behind cases by a few weeks. Given America's record-high case counts, it's reasonable to expect that death rates across the country will continue to rise in tandem.

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Driving the news: Recent focus groups in battleground states suggest some voters are more skeptical of scientists in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, while surveys reveal the persistence of a deep partisan divide.