CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 9,200,643 and the nation’s death toll stands at 230,967, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has warned that the U.S. is likely to experience “a whole lot of hurt” as winter forces more people indoors and raises the potential for surging COVID-19 cases and deaths. Fauci, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, told The Washington Post that the White House’s pandemic response has left the nation in a perilous position. He said President Trump is looking at the pandemic from a perspective focused on “the economy and reopening the country” while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “is taking it seriously from a public health perspective.”
TRUMP, BIDEN CAMPAIGN… President Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden continued their campaigns yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s election. Trump made appearances in Iowa and Michigan while Biden remained in Pennsylvania. Polls have been showing that Biden holds a clear advantage over Trump across four of the most important presidential swing states, according to a new poll of likely voters conducted by The New York Times and Siena College. The poll is showing Biden has strong support of voters who did not participate in the 2016 election and who now appear to be turning out in large numbers. The poll finds Biden leading in the Northern battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, as well as in the Sun Belt states of Florida and Arizona. Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls released yesterday say Biden leads Trump by 10 percentage points in Wisconsin and Michigan, and by seven points in Pennsylvania.
FBI TO INVESTIGATE ATTACK ON BIDEN CAMPAIGN BUS… The FBI has launched an investigation into Friday’s “ambush” of a Biden-Harris campaign bus by Trump supporters on a Texas highway. Democratic officials called the action an attempt to run the bus off the road. Wendy Davis, a Democratic challenger running in Texas’ 21st Congressional District, was with party officials aboard the bus. President Trump tweeted his support of the action after the incident.
ATLAS APOLOGIZES FOR RT APPEARANCE… Dr. Scott Atlas, an adviser on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, apologized yesterday for appearing in an interview with Russian state broadcaster Russia Today. In his apology, Atlas claimed he was unaware RT was a registered foreign agent. RT is owned by Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti and subsidiary RT America is registered with the Justice Department as an agent of the Russian government. The Kremlin uses RT to spread English-language propaganda to American audiences, and was part of Russia’s election meddling in 2016, according to a 2017 report from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
TEXAS SUPREME COURT DENIES BALLOT-INVALIDATION BID… The Texas Supreme Court yesterday rejected a petition seeking to invalidate 127,000 votes cast at drive-thru polling stations in the state’s most populous county. The all-Republican court denied the challenge by a Republican activist and three Republican candidates in the state arguing that the drive-thru polling sites in the largely Democratic Harris County are unconstitutional. The court denied the request without an order or opinion, as it did in a similar challenge last month by some of the same plaintiffs. An emergency hearing will be held this morning in Houston for a challenge by the same plaintiffs in federal court.
LUKE COMBS TOPS ALBUM CHART… Luke Combs’ “What You See Is What You Get” sold 109,000 copies in its return to the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. Bruce Springsteen’s “Letter to You” sold 90,000 units to finish at No. 2 and make him the first act with new top five-charting albums in each of the last six decades. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” dropped to third place on sales of 61,000 copies. Ty Dolla $ign’s “Featuring Ty Dolla $ign” opened in fourth place after selling 44,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” sold 42,000 copies to finish fifth.
ACTOR EDDIE HASSELL DIES… Actor Eddie Hassell, whose credits include NBC’s 2005 series “Surface” and the 2010 film “The Kids Are All Right,” was killed in his native Texas over the weekend, his manager announced yesterday. The manager said Hassell was killed in an attempted carjacking. The actor’s last credit was an appearance in the 2017 film “Oh Lucy!” as a waiter.
BUFFALO 24 – New England 21… Tyler Bass’ 28-yard field goal with 4:06 remaining lifted the Bills (6-2) over the Patriots (2-5). Buffalo recovered a Cam Newton fumble in the red zone with 31 seconds remaining to seal the victory and hand New England its fourth straight loss. Zack Moss scored on two touchdown runs.
MIAMI 28 – L.A. Rams 17… The Dolphins (4-3) did all their scoring in the first half and held off the Rams (5-3). Andrew Van Ginkel returned a fumble 78 yards and Jakeem Grant returned a punt 88 yards for second-quarter touchdowns.
Indianapolis 41 – DETROIT 21… Philip Rivers found Nyheim Hines with two of his three second-quarter touchdown passes and the Colts (5-2) rolled past the Lions (3-4). Kenny Moore returned a fourth-quarter interception 29 yards for a score.
CINCINNATI 31 – Tennessee 20… Joe Burrows’ two fourth-quarter touchdown passes helped carry the Bengals (2-5-1) past the Titans (5-2). Samaje Perine and Giovani Bernard scored on second-quarter scoring runs.
Las Vegas 16 – CLEVELAND 6… Derek Carr hit Hunter Renfrow for the game’s only touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Raiders (4-3) the lead for good in their win over the Browns (5-3). Josh Jacobs rushed for 128 yards.
Minnesota 28 – GREEN BAY 22… Delvin Cook scored all four touchdowns as the Vikings (2-5) surprised the Packers (5-2). Cook ran for 163 yards three touchdowns in addition to hauling in a 50-yard Kirk Cousins touchdown pass.
KANSAS CITY 35 – N.Y. Jets 9… Patrick Mahomes completed 31 of 42 passes for 416 yards and five touchdowns in leading the Chiefs (7-1) to an easy win over the Jets (0-8). Tyreek Hill had two scoring catches. Travis Kelce had eight catches for 109 yards and a TD.
Pittsburgh 28 – BALTIMORE 24… The Steelers (7-0) rallied from 10 points down at halftime to get past the Ravens (5-2) and remain unbeaten. Ben Roethlisberger’s second touchdown toss of the day was a go-ahead 8-yarder to Chase Claypool with 7:29 remaining.
DENVER 31 – L.A. Chargers 30… The Broncos (3-4) overcame a 24-3 third-quarter deficit to upend the Chargers (2-5). KJ Hamler connected with Drew Lock with a 1-yard touchdown pass on the game’s final play and Brandon MacManus’ PAT provided the winning margin. Luck also hit Albert Okwuegbunam and DaeSean Hamilton with fourth-quarter scoring passes. Phillip Lindsay sparked the rally with a 55-yard TD run in the third quarter.
New Orleans 26 – CHICAGO 23 (OT)… The Saints (5-2) outlasted the Bears (5-3) after blowing a 10-point lead in the final 3-1/2 minutes of regulation. Wil Lutz kicked the game-winning 35-yard field goal with 1:36 left in overtime. Drew Brees threw touchdown passes to JareD Cook and Taysom Hill.
SEATTLE 37 – San Francisco 27… Russell Wilson connected with DK Metcalf on two of his four touchdown passes and the Seahawks (6-1) cruised past the 49ers (4-4). Metcalf had 12 receptions for 161 yards.
Dallas – PHILADELPHIA…
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
Tampa Bay (5-2) is at the N.Y. Giants (1-6)