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Gov. Kristi Noem, who has national political ambitions, says her state proves "you don't need lockdowns to be responsible and flatten the curve." Health experts and coronavirus survivors disagree.

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The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy economic toll on Asian Americans.

From Vietnamese nail salons to Cambodian donut shops, Asian-owned businesses have struggled. And Asian American workers have gone from having the lowest unemployment rate in the country to one of the highest.

Jerry Raburn lost his job at a mortgage servicing company in Southern California in March, just six months after he started.

"The business decreased dramatically, and based on seniority, I was let go," said Raburn, who came to the U.S. from Thailand when he was 8 years old.

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All right. So what, if anything, can voters take away from last night's presidential debate when it comes to substance? We've got NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson with us. Hi, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Rachel.

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There is so very little Democrats and Republicans agree on right now. But last night's first presidential debate broke common ground because of how universally difficult it was for people to watch.

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So President Trump spent the last moments of the debate last night repeating these false claims about mail-in balloting.

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The woman best known for the song "I Am Woman" has died. Helen Reddy was 78 years old. She co-wrote and performed the 1972 hit that endures even today as a feminist anthem. Reddy died last night in Los Angeles. NPR's Neda Ulaby has the remembrance.

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Months before Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, she parted ways with one of her signature white collars. This fashion accessory of an American Jewish justice is now in Israel. NPR's Daniel Estrin reports from Jerusalem.

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So part of The New York Times report found that President Trump is hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. Democrats say that debt can actually create national security risks. Here's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking on MSNBC.

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Good morning. I'm David Greene.

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All right. So what comes next? The attention now turns to Congress and Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation process. We've got NPR congressional reporter Claudia Grisales to talk about that. Hi, Claudia.

CLAUDIA GRISALES, BYLINE: Hi there.

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