The death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, meanwhile, has raised the stakes of the upcoming legal battle over Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, when the high court hears the Trump administration's effort to repeal the law days after the Nov. 3 election. Trump has ceded much of the response to the pandemic to the states, rather than pursuing a national effort to expand testing, coordinate contact tracing and acquire protective equipment in bulk. Since the spring, Trump has pressed governors to reopen their states and has called on public schools to return to in-person instruction, arguing that the "cure cannot be worse than the disease."
The departing U.S. ambassador on Tuesday defended a tough approach to China that has riled relations between the world's two largest economies, saying the Trump administration has made progress on trade and that he hopes it will extend to other areas. Terry Branstad, the longtime Iowa governor who was chosen by President Donald Trump to be envoy to China, said the Trump administration is seeking the same treatment for American companies and individuals in China that their Chinese counterparts get in America. Branstad is returning to Iowa this weekend after three years and three months as ambassador in Beijing, the longest he and his wife have lived outside of his home state.
"We will have a free and fair election," New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a tweet on Sunday.
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In a bombshell report that dropped Sunday, the 'New York Times' detailed Donald Trump's long-evasive tax returns, spanning over two decades.