Presidential Debate, Russia, Fall Cocktails: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

1. Twelve days to go, one final presidential debate.

President Trump and Joe Biden are meeting tonight in Nashville for their last chance to make their case for the presidency on a national stage. The debate will run for 90 minutes. The Times is livestreaming the event with real-time analysis and fact-checking from teams of reporters.

Kristen Welker of NBC News is moderating. The topics, chosen ahead of time, include the coronavirus, American families, race in the U.S., climate change, national security and leadership. Here’s where the candidates stand.

Officials did not make clear what Russia planned to do, but they said its operations would be intended to help President Trump, potentially by exacerbating disputes around the results. There is no evidence that the Russians have changed any vote tallies or voter registration information, officials said.


6. And in Europe, a second wave of coronavirus infections has arrived, according to data released on Thursday. Adherence to new, stricter social restrictions over the next few weeks will be crucial.

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