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Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in Wednesday's briefing that President Trump had "been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he got elected." She said there has been an "erosion of confidence... a lot of missteps and mistakes," that ultimately led to his ouster:

  • Did Trump ask the deputy Attorney General for recommendation Comey be fired? "No," said Sanders, but the two met Monday to discuss Comey's performance.
  • Russian investigation: "Any investigation that was going on Monday is still going on today. In fact, we want them to continue the investigation," said Sanders, so everyone can move on once it's over.
  • Democrats reaction: "I think it's startling that Democrats aren't celebrating this," said Sanders. "If Hillary had won, which thank God she didn't... Democrats would have been dancing in the streets."
  • On Trump meeting with Russian officials: "These are meetings that have been on the books for a while."

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Mitt Romney says he'll support moving forward with Supreme Court pick

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced Tuesday that he would support moving forward with a Senate vote on President Trump's selection to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Why it matters: Barring any big surprises, Democrats have virtually no shot at stopping the confirmation process for the president’s nominee before November’s election.

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In UN address, Trump says China "unleashed this plague onto the world"

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President Trump used a virtual address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to defend his response to the coronavirus and call on other countries to “hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China.”

Setting the scene: Trump ticked through four years of major decisions and accomplishments in what could be his last address to the UN. But first, he launched into a fierce attack on China as Beijing’s representative looked on in the assembly hall.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 31,361,979 — Total deaths: 965,642— Total recoveries: 21,528,674Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 6,859,117 — Total deaths: 199,911 — Total recoveries: 2,615,949 — Total tests: 95,841,281Map.
  3. Health: The CDC's crumbling reputation — America turns against coronavirus vaccine.
  4. Politics: Elected officials are failing us on much-needed stimulus.
  5. Business: Two-thirds of business leaders think pandemic will lead to permanent changes — Wall Street fears stimulus is doomed.
  6. Sports: NFL fines maskless coaches.

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