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Biden campaign puts lid on events until after Thursday debate

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Former Vice President Joe Biden‘s presidential campaign called a lid on campaign events Sunday night until after Thursday’s debate with incumbent President Donald Trump.

When a candidate’s team “calls a lid,” they announce to the media that there will not be any campaign events, press conferences, and even interviews for a certain amount of time. While these typically last for only a single day, this one will last up through Thursday. Biden’s campaign states that he will be using the next few days back home in Delaware to prepare for his final debate with President Trump on Thursday evening.

This comes as Trump swings through multiple states with a full roster of in-person rallies and events, all while showing no signs of stopping or slowing down. Additionally, the former vice president is facing heat about the leaked emails from a New York Post exposé last week which alleges that his son Hunter exploited his father’s position at the time as vice president in his dealings abroad.

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While ahead of Trump in the national polls and in swing states, the margin of which has been dwindling slightly, Biden has relatively few campaign events scheduled with 15 days until Election Day. The only event this weekend that Biden is scheduled to hold is a car parade in Durham, North Carolina next Sunday, whereas Trump has four large rallies planned in four swing states.

As of Monday, over 29 million people have already cast their ballots, according to the U.S. Elections Project.

The next couple of weeks will be critical for both campaigns as they try to scrape up whatever undecided voters they can and motivate their bases to get out the vote.

The next and final presidential debate will air Thursday from 9 pm to 10:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time), and will take place in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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