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Photo: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

The White House has belatedly rejected Vladimir Putin's proposal that Russia be allowed to question several U.S. citizens, including former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, in exchange for cooperation with the Mueller probe.

The latest: Three days after the press conference in which President Trump praised Putin's "incredible offer," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders today released a statement saying that while Putin's offer was "made in sincerity," Trump "disagrees with it." Sanders had generated significant backlash just yesterday, including from McFaul and other former U.S. officials, when she said Trump would meet with advisers to discuss the idea. The Senate was planning to vote on a resolution opposing Putin's proposal.

It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it. Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt.

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A new national lockdown will be imposed in the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country topped 1 million.

Details: Starting Thursday, people in England must stay at home, and bars and restaurants will close, except for takeout and deliveries. All non-essential retail will also be shuttered. Different households will be banned from mixing indoors. International travel, unless for business purposes, will be banned. The new measures will last through at least December 2.

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Early voting in the 2020 election across the U.S. on Saturday had already reached 65.5% of 2016's total turnout, according to state data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic and its resultant social-distancing measures prompted a massive uptick in both mail-in ballots and early voting nationwide, setting up an unprecedented and potentially tumultuous count in the hours and days after the polls close on Nov. 3.

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