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5 Things To Know On Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Posted at 6:34 AM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 06:34:22-04

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1. How do you run virtually? Disney World 2021 marathon making changes due to COVID-19
Traditionally, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend are held in January and February.

However, considering the coronavirus pandemic and the scale of the races, Disney has decided to convert both runs into virtual events.

Runners can participate in the event from home, a local running track or favorite running trail.

2. What's next for the Supreme Court? Trump to announce pick this weekend
President Donald Trump said he plans on announcing his nomination to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday at 5 p.m.

It does not appear there will be any drama involving the confirmation of a new justice after Sen. Mitt Romney announced earlier on Tuesday he will not stand in the way of Trump’s nominee.

Only two Republican senators - Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine - say they oppose holding a confirmation vote amid an election. With just Murkowski and Collins joining Democrats in opposing a confirmation close to the election, Republicans will likely have 51 votes to confirm Trump’s nominee.

What's next for the Supreme Court? Trump to announce pick this weekend

3. What's the latest with the 2020 Election? A surprising endorsement
Cindy McCain, the widow of Arizona Sen. John McCain, has endorsed Joe Biden, the Biden campaign announced on Tuesday.

"My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden," Cindy McCain tweeted Tuesday evening.

Biden was on the 2008 Democratic ticket that opposed John McCain's presidential election.

Cindy McCain, John McCain’s widow, endorses Joe Biden

4. The Senate is obviously busy, but what about the House?
Democrats and Republicans in a bitterly divided U.S. House have voted to take a government shutdown off the table this fall, giving a big, bipartisan vote to a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night.

The final agreement gives the Trump administration continued immediate authority to dole out Agriculture Department subsidies in the run-up to Election Day.

The vote passed by an overwhelming 359-57 ledger.

House approves short-term spending bill to avoid government shutdown

5. Did we count everyone? Close enough.
With the number of U.S. households counted topping 95%, there is no reason for a judge to order the U.S. Census Bureau to extend by a month the head count of every U.S. resident, government attorneys said in court papers Tuesday.

A coalition of cities, counties and civil rights groups is suing the Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce in an effort to extend the 2020 census for another month. They said in court papers Tuesday that the decision to shorten the schedule was forced on the bureau.

With only days until census is due, 'census day of action' held in West Palm Beach

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On This Day In History
On September 23, 1944, during a campaign dinner with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union, President Franklin D. Roosevelt makes a reference to his small dog, Fala, who had recently been the subject of a Republican political attack. The offense prompted Roosevelt to defend his dog’s honor and his own reputation.

Roosevelt said that though he and his family had “suffered malicious falsehoods” in the past, he claimed the right to “object to libelous statements about my dog.” Roosevelt went on to say that the desperate Republican opposition knew it could not win the upcoming presidential election and used Fala as an excuse to attack the president.

Roosevelt was indeed attached to his dog. Fala, a small, black Scottish terrier, accompanied Roosevelt almost everywhere: to the Oval Office, on official state visits and on long, overseas trips.

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