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Friday's Mini-Report, 9.18.20

Today's edition of quick hits.

Today's edition of quick hits:

* The evolving fiasco continues: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday changed its guidance again after an outcry from public health officials, saying asymptomatic people who have come in contact with Covid-19 should be tested. The updated guidance aligns more closely with previous recommendations."

* Middle East: "The Pentagon is deploying a small number of U.S. troops to Syria after a series of escalating encounters between the U.S. and Russian militaries, according to three U.S. defense officials. The troops and vehicles will serve as a show of presence to discourage the Russian military from crossing into the eastern security area where U.S., coalition, and Syrian Democratic Forces operate, the officials said."

* Assange: "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was offered a presidential pardon if he helped to resolve the 'ongoing speculation about Russian involvement' in the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails leaked during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, a London court heard Friday."

* USPS: "Courts on both sides of the United States issued rulings on Thursday that could expand mail-in voting in the election in November, as the postmaster general privately apologized to state officials for missteps in his agency’s efforts to educate voters on mail-in ballots."

* It's so much more complex than Trump realizes: "President Donald Trump is suggesting a coronavirus vaccine can be delivered widely in a matter of weeks. But states ultimately tasked with leading the distribution effort are already confronting a host of logistical and supply chain challenges that could dash the Trump administration’s hopes of quickly distributing a vaccine once it’s approved."

* Lev and Igor: "Federal prosecutors brought new wire fraud charges Thursday against an associate of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani who was involved in attempts to get Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden."

* Tough to defend: "President Trump’s luxury properties have charged the U.S. government more than $1.1 million in private transactions since Trump took office -- including for room rentals at his Bedminster, N.J., club this spring while it was closed for the coronavirus pandemic, new documents show."

* At a rally last night, the president told supporters, "The people I like the best are the people that are less successful because it makes you feel so powerful. I always say it. Never go out with a successful person." Noted without comment.

Have a safe weekend.