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A 30-strong White House advance team is still planning to fly to Singapore on Sunday to prepare for a summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, despite President Trump’s abrupt cancellation of the event yesterday, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Per the Politico report, the staffers have been asked to “keep the door open” for a potential summit — which President Trump said today could ultimately still take place. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today, “we have got some, possibly some good news on the Korea summit, where it may, if our diplomats can pull it off, may have it back on even.” That followed a statement from North Korea that the summit was still necessary, and they are prepared to talk.

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NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN on Friday evening that if "people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it."

Why it matters: Fauci made the comments the same day the U.S. hit its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic began.

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Sen. Kamala Harris appealed to Black voters in Georgia on Friday, urging them to "honor the ancestors" by casting ballots, and again calling President Trump a "racist."

Why it matters: The U.S. saw a significant decline in African-American voter turnout between 2012 and 2016, reaching its lowest point since 2000. Higher turnout among Black Americans this year could tip the balance in favor of Democrats in key battleground states, including Georgia.

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