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  1. Promised independence from Trump: Sessions said he is prepared to resign if asked to do something "plainly unlawful."
  2. Recused himself from Hillary investigation: This seems to be a moot point, as Trump has said he isn't interested in prosecuting his general election opponent, but it blew up with news alerts.
  3. Dodged on DREAMers: Roughly 750,000 people who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children have permits to work and are protected from deportation, courtesy of the Obama administration. Trump has said he'll work something out.
  4. Broke with Trump on torture: Sessions said that waterboarding is a form of torture and is illegal. Trump has said he wants to bring back waterboarding.
  5. Softly disagreed with Trump on Muslim ban: Sessions says he supports the general idea of banning people with religious beliefs that are harmful "to the public safety of the United States," but says he won't ban Muslims per se. Trump has repeatedly called for varying level of a Muslim ban.

What's next: The real fireworks are expected tomorrow, with Rep. John Lewis and Sen. Cory Booker set to testify.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Chris Christie: Wear a mask "or you may regret it — as I did" — Senate Democrats block vote on McConnell's targeted relief bill.
  2. Business: New state unemployment filings fall.
  3. Economy: Why the stimulus delay isn't a crisis (yet).
  4. Health: FDA approves Gilead's remdesivir as a coronavirus treatment How the pandemic might endMany U.S. deaths were avoidable.
  5. Education: Boston and Chicago send students back home for online learning.
  6. World: Spain and France exceed 1 million cases.

Early voting eclipses 2016 total with 12 days until election

People stand in line to vote early in Fairfax, Virginia in September. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Americans have cast more than 47.1 million ballots in the 2020 presidential election, surpassing the total early-vote count for 2016 with 12 days left until Election Day, according to a Washington Post analysis of voting data.

Why it matters: The election is already underway, as many states have expanded early and mail-in voting options because of the coronavirus pandemic.

What to expect from the final debate of the 2020 election

Trump and Biden at the first debate. Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Image

Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as “the big guy” or “the chairman” at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails. Hunter's former business partner Tony Bobulinski is expected to be a Trump debate guest.

The big picture: Trump's advisers universally view the first debate as a catastrophe — evidenced by a sharp plunge in Trump’s public and (more convincingly for them) private polling immediately following the debate.