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Biden leads Trump by 7 points in Pennsylvania

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Trump or Biden? A painful election for survivors of sexual violence.

About six months before Donald Trump was elected president, Abigail Culverhouse was raped. She was 17, one month shy of the minimum voting age.

Culverhouse describes herself then as a bit of “a nerd,” and her perpetrator as a popular boy who paid her the kind of attention that began as flattering, drifted into unsettling and ended in violence. She reported the sexual assault to law enforcement and they effectively shrugged: It’s “he said, she said,” they told her. 

In the aftermath of her horror, the bullying began. In her suburban Virginia high school, her perpetrator’s friends taunted her in class and terrorized her online. One girl, she said, chased her around the school parking lot in her car, following on her heels, then speeding up as if she were going to run her over.

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5 things to know Wednesday

Senate to vote on $500 billion coronavirus stimulus bill

The Republican-run Senate is set to take up a $500 billion coronavirus stimulus package Wednesday as Congress remains gridlocked over COVID-19 relief. The bill’s price is much lower than the $1.8 trillion package the White House is negotiating and the $2.2 trillion plan Democrats have offered. Since it’s not expected to pass into law, the legislation will largely serve as a messaging tool for Republicans. Congress passed a comprehensive package in March but has since been unable to resolve major policy differences on testing, liability protections and school funding. 

DOJ seeks to intervene in defamation case against Trump

Writer E. Jean Carroll said last year that President Donald Trump had raped her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s and later brought a defamation case against Trump after he allegedly slandered her in denying her claims. On Wednesday, oral arguments are set to begin over whether the Department of Justice can move forward with the federal government, rather than Trump, being listed as defendant . A USA TODAY review of 19 women’s allegations — the number who allege non-consensual physical contact — as well as more than 4,000 words that Trump has spoken, tweeted or released in written statements since 2016 addressing their allegations, show patterns in both the allegations and Trump’s reactions to them.

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Fort Hood soldier died in ‘line of duty,’ Army says

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Miami police officer wore ‘Trump 2020’ mask at poll, faces discipline

A uniformed police officer who was photographed wearing a “Trump 2020” mask at a Florida early voting site could face suspension.

Miami-Dade County Democratic Chairman Steve Simeonidis said a photo of the armed officer in the mask was “city funded voter intimidation” in a Tuesday tweet. About an hour later, the Miami Police Department condemned the behavior and promised to address the situation.

The officer, photographed while in line to vote, violated department and polling place policy by promoting a political candidate, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said at a Tuesday press conference. The situation would have been “much more serious” had the officer not been voting, Suarez said.

Voting across the US live updates:Poll workers prep for bad behavior; California sues GOP over ballot boxes; 1.2M New York voters inactive

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Dodgers rout Rays behind two homers in Game 1 of World Series

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Voters in Florida, other states report ominous ‘vote for Trump’ emails

Law enforcement and election officials are investigating threatening emails sent to voters in multiple Florida counties pressuring them to vote for President Donald Trump and claiming to be from a far-right group with a history of violent confrontations.

The emails, which appeared to be sent from “info@officialproudboys.com,” said the group had obtained contact information about the voter and threatened to “come after” the person if they don’t vote for Trump 

The Proud Boys, a group that catapulted to national attention in September when Trump dodged a chance to condemn them, denied responsibility and condemned the emails. 

“No, it wasn’t us. The people (who sent the emails) used a spoofing email that pretended to be us,” Enrique Tarrio, international chairman of the Proud Boys, told USA TODAY. “Whoever did this should be in prison for a long time.”

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Trump to rally in PA, Biden up in Florida

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Dodgers rout Rays behind two homers in Game 1 of World Series

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Mookie Betts wins free tacos for everyone with World Series steal