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  • Donald Trump abandoned COVID-19 relief talks today, saying they won’t resume until after the election. Instead of working to save 30 million jobs, as well as countless restaurants and small businesses, he wants Republicans to “focus full time” on getting his Supreme Court nominee approved.
  • And just like that, the Dow fell 400 points afterwards.
  • Mike Pence is now requesting that no plexiglass dividers be placed on his side of the stage at tomorrow night’s vice-presidential debate, despite the fact the Commission on Presidential Debates says both sides already agreed to have the dividers.
  • Facebook announced that it is banning all QAnon accounts from its platforms.
  • A new study finds that your dog is more excited to see another dog than it is to see your dumb human face.
  • Eddie Van Halen, the virtuoso guitarist of Van Halen, has died of throat cancer. He was 65. Revisit this excellent list of every Van Halen song ranked.
  • A grand jury in St. Louis have indicted Mark and Patricia McCloskey on counts of exhibiting a weapon and tampering with evidence four months after the couple were captured on video pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home.
  • Netflix has cancelled Glow, despite renewing it for a fourth season that had already started filming prior to the pandemic: “COVID has killed actual humans. It’s a national tragedy and should be our focus. COVID also apparently took down our show,” series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch said in a statement.
  • The Times writes that the coronavirus outbreak at the White House and on Capitol Hill "underscored how difficult it is for a city with almost no control over the federal government it houses to sustain progress."
  • We won't get many blockbuster for the next five months or so, but after that, expect there to be at least 12 superhero films released in a 16 months span.
  • And finally, this is what it looks like when friends play: