Ukraine Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk. Photo: Olena Khudiakova/ Ukrinform / Barcroft Media via Getty Images.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky rejected Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk's resignation on Friday, days after he was caught making disparaging comments about Zelensky's understanding of economics, AP reports.

Context: In audio that leaked earlier this week, Honcharuk told National Bank officials that Zelensky, a former television star with no prior political experience, "has a very primitive understanding of the economy.”

  • Meanwhile, Zelensky is embroiled in the impeachment case unfolding against President Trump.

What's new: Zelensky asked Honcharuk to continue serving in his administration on Friday, per the Washington Post.

  • “It’s not a moment when we can afford economic and political destabilization,” Zelensky said in a video released by his office Friday.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 a.m. ET: 30,199,007 — Total deaths: 946,490— Total recoveries: 20,544, 967Map
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 a.m. ET: 6,675,593 — Total deaths: 197,644 — Total recoveries: 2,540,334 — Total tests: 90,710,730Map
  3. Politics: Former Pence aide says she plans to vote for Joe Biden, accusing Trump of costing lives in his coronavirus response.
  4. Health: Pew: 49% of Americans wouldn't get COVID-19 vaccine if available today Pandemic may cause cancer uptick The risks of moving too fast on a vaccine — COVID-19 racial disparities extend to health coverage losses.
  5. Business: Retail sales return to pre-coronavirus trend.
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Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

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When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.