10 things you need to know today: October 23, 2020

Trump and Biden differ sharply on pandemic in their final debate, Republicans advance Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, and more

Trump and Biden at the final debate
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1. Trump, Biden differ sharply on coronavirus, climate change in final debate

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden clashed on a broad range of issues in their second and final debate on Thursday, avoiding the chaos that plagued their first debate. Trump said that the pandemic was "going away," despite rising cases around the country. Biden warned the nation faced a "dark winter" as infections neared a record with more than 75,000 new cases on Thursday. He called for more aggressive federal government action to protect people and curb the spread of COVID-19. In a forum that covered everything from the economy to immigration to climate change, Trump repeatedly tried to cast Biden as a career politician who is "all talk and no action." Biden hammered his central campaign message that Trump is a divisive and unethical leader who bungled the response to the coronavirus crisis.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.