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President Trump. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump traveled to Montoursville, Pennsylvania, on Monday night — expressing confidence in his ability to win the key battleground state and taking the opportunity to attack former Vice President Joe Biden.

Details: Just 2 days after Biden hosted his own public event in Pennsylvania, the president campaigned on behalf of Republican Fred Keller, who faces Democrat Marc Friedenberg in a Tuesday election to fill an open House seat. The president frequently uses rallies to deride his opponents, but on Monday directed much of his commentary toward Biden.

What he's saying:

  • Before the event, Trump tweeted on Monday, saying: “Sleepy Joe Biden is pulling ahead and think about it, I’m only here because of Sleepy Joe and the man who took him off the 1% trash heap, President O! China wants Sleepy Joe BADLY!”
  • Trump ridiculed Biden for saying that China is not competition for the U.S., saying: "What they've done to us is indescribable, economically."
  • He said China hopes Biden takes the Oval Office so that it can continue to "make" $500 billion or more a year, continuing to falsely imply that China is paying his tariffs on U.S. imports of Chinese products.
  • "Don't forget: Biden deserted you. He's not from Pennsylvania. I guess he was born here, but he left you, folks. He left you for another state. Remember that, please."
  • Trump added that Biden had just 150 people at his first public campaign event, after telling the audience he needs a bigger event venue the next time he's in town.
  • Though he didn't include Biden's name, he condemned politicians who support NAFTA.

Why it matters: Trump's focus on Biden indicates his unease should he go up against the former vice president and longtime U.S. senator in 2020. Trump recently described Biden as the frontrunner in an interview with Politico, and his advisers take Biden seriously, indicating he is the one Democrat Trump fears most. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania is a state Trump worries could turn against him.

Go deeper: Scoop: trump fears Biden 2020, losing Pennsylvania

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Broncos and 49ers the latest NFL teams impacted by coronavirus crisis

From left, Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel during an August training session at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the NFL season into chaos, with the Denver Broncos' quarterbacks sidelined, the San Francisco 49ers left without a home or practice ground and much of the Baltimore Ravens team unavailable, per AP.

Driving the news: The Broncos confirmed in a statement Saturday night that quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were identified as "high-risk COVID-19 close contacts" and will follow the NFL's mandatory five-day quarantine, making them ineligible for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Updated 5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.