Sanders takes questions during a press briefing at the White House. Photo; Evan Vucci / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the media is "completely obsessed" with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but "most Americans don't care too much." Mueller's probe has shown "more and more there is no...collusion with Russia," she said.

The media wants to push that the White House is "racially charged and divided," Sanders said. She added that many historians agree with Chief of Staff John Kelly's claim that the Civil War was partially caused by lack of compromise between the North and the South.

  • On Sam Clovis's nomination to a federal post, given his involvement with George Papadopolous, who has pleaded guilty in the Russia probe: Sanders is "not aware" of a need to pull Clovis's nomination.
  • On Papadopoulos: "Papadopoulos is an example of somebody doing the wrong thing while the president's campaign did the right thing."
  • On tax reform's chances in Congress: "No matter how great the plan is," Democrats are "putting partisan politics ahead of their constituents' pocketbooks."
  • Sanders repeated the White House's disputed figure that the Trump's tax plan will give "the typical American family a $4000 pay raise."

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In photos: Virginians line up for hours on first day of early voting

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In some parts of Virginia, people waited in line up to four hours to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting, according to the Washington Post.

The big picture: The COVID-19 pandemic seems to already have an impact on how people cast their votes this election season. As many as 80 million Americans are expected to vote early, by mail or in person, Tom Bonier, CEO of TargetSmart, a Democratic political data firm, told Axios in August.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 30,306,469 — Total deaths: 948,147— Total recoveries: 20,626,515Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 6,705,114 — Total deaths: 198,197 — Total recoveries: 2,540,334 — Total tests: 92,163,649Map.
  3. Politics: In reversal, CDC again recommends coronavirus testing for asymptomatic people.
  4. Health: Massive USPS face mask operation called off The risks of moving too fast on a vaccine.
  5. Business: Unemployment drop-off reverses course 1 million mortgage-holders fall through safety netHow the pandemic has deepened Boeing's 737 MAX crunch.
  6. Education: At least 42% of school employees are vulnerable.

Court battles shift mail-in voting deadlines in battleground states

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Michigan joins Pennsylvania in extending mail-in ballot deadlines by several days after the election, due to the coronavirus pandemic and expected delays in U.S. Postal Service.

The latest: Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled that all ballots postmarked before Nov. 2 must be counted, so long as they arrive in the mail before election results are certified. Michigan will certify its general election results on Nov. 23.