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Tulsi Gabbard spent $678,790 on billboards for her 2020 presidential campaign during the first three quarters of 2019, making her one of the only candidates to do so, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Gabbard's investment in billboards is unique as most of her competitors are focusing their funds on television advertising in early voting states.

  • She has also invested heavily in yard signs in Iowa and New Hampshire.
  • Only Tom Steyer has listed billboards as a campaign expenditure among the other 2020 contenders, according to NBC's review of FEC filing.

Worth noting: Her campaign has still spent a decent chunk on social media ads over the same time frame — $582,000 on Facebook and $167,000 on Twitter before its ban of political ads.

  • Gabbard is polling in the single digits in early states and just over 1% nationally.
  • She has yet to qualify for the January debate, and did not qualify for the December debate.

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Louisiana braces for 3rd hurricane in 2 months as Tropical Storm Zeta nears

Municipality workers clean the streets of garbage in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Tuesday that was left by Zeta, which struck the Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 1 Hurricane a day earlier — causing no major damage to infrastructure. Photo: Medios y Media/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to strengthen back into a hurricane and bring dangerous storm surge conditions to parts of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Federal Declaration of Emergency in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday, ahead of the storm's expected arrival south of New Orleans.

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  1. Politics: Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage" Axios-Ipsos poll: Federal response has only gotten worse.
  2. Health: Hospitals face a crush — 13 states set single-day case records last week.
  3. Business: Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota cases traced to three Trump campaign events.
  6. World: Putin mandates face masks.
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Trump's campaign website hacked

A screenshot of the Trump campaign website after it was hacked.

The Trump campaign website briefly went down and its "About" page was modified after hackers attacked the site Tuesday evening.

The big picture: With just seven days before the election, the hackers emulated the FBI and declared on the "About" page that: "this was seized. the world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded [sic] daily by president donald j trump. it is time to allow the world to know truth." Two addresses linked to the cryptocurrency Monero appeared on the site. Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh in a statement said no sensitive data had been exposed in the attack.

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