10 things you need to know today: November 3, 2022

Biden warns of threats to democracy, Parkland school shooter sentenced to life without parole, and more

Biden speaks to the nation
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1. Biden says election denial, intimidation threaten democracy

President Biden warned on Wednesday that American democracy is under threat as former President Donald Trump's "Big Lie" about election fraud fuels voter intimidation and "election deniers" ahead of next week's midterm elections. "In our bones, we know democracy is at risk," Biden said in a primetime address given just blocks from where a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, aiming to prevent Congress from certifying Trump's election loss to Biden. Biden's speech amounted to a closing argument for Democrats ahead of the midterms, with Republicans expected to take control of the House, and the Senate remaining a toss-up. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) told Fox News Digital before the speech that Biden is "dividing the nation instead of uniting it."

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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.