2020 U.S. ELECTION: What you need to know right now
(Reuters) - -President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden return to the campaign trail with visits to three battleground states after clashing from afar in dueling televised town halls. -With less than three weeks until the election, vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris pauses in-person campaigning through Sunday after a member of her staff tests positive for COVID-19. -Twitter briefly restricted the Trump campaign account after it posted a video about Biden's son the social media company said broke its rules, causing backlash from Republicans.
(Reuters) - -President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden return to the campaign trail with visits to three battleground states after clashing from afar in dueling televised town halls.
-With less than three weeks until the election, vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris pauses in-person campaigning through Sunday after a member of her staff tests positive for COVID-19 .
-Twitter briefly restricted the Trump campaign account after it posted a video about Biden's son the social media company said broke its rules, causing backlash from Republicans.
-Biden would raise $2.4 trillion in new federal government revenue over the next decade, largely from tax hikes on corporations and the highest-income households, according to an analysis by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.
-Biden holds his cards close to his chest on whether he would add judges to the U.S. Supreme Court to balance what will be a 6-3 conservative majority if Trump's third nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, is confirmed.
-U.S. oil majors, hit by the pandemic, donated less to political campaigns this year, but hedged their bets by increasing their spend on Democrats, amid a looming battle over fracking.
Trump campaign ads appear in the streets of Tel Aviv - a move to court dual nationality American-Israeli voters, many of whom are registered in the key states of Pennsylvania and Florida.
Despite Trump's offer to increase the size of the next COVID-19 stimulus package, markets remain on edge as investors believe a deal is unlikely before Election Day, Nov. 3.
BY THE NUMBERS
Record-breaking fundraising gives Democrats an edge in the final lap of the election race, as ActBlue reports a $1.5 billion haul, the most it has ever raised in a quarter, while WinRed collected $623 million.
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Expected events and Reuters coverage on Oct 16:
-Trump holds rallies in Florida and Georgia
-Biden campaigns in Michigan
-The cast of the hit musical "Hamilton" hold a fundraiser for Biden
-Vice President Mike Pence campaigns in Selma, North Carolina
-TV ratings to be released for Thursday's town halls
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(Reporting by Gayle Issa; Editing by Frances Kerry)
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By Robin Emmott and John Irish | BRUSSELS/PARIS BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda."NATO as an institution will join the coalition," said one senior diplomat involved in the discussions. "The question is whether this just a symbolic gesture to the United States
BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month.With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.Inspecting navy headquarters, Xi said the navy should "aim for the top ranks in the world", the Defence Ministry said in a statement about his visit."Building a strong and modern navy is an important mark of a top ranking global military," the ministry paraphrased Xi as saying.