Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania all have Democratic governors and G.O.P.-led legislatures that are pushing hard to rewrite election laws.At stake are how easy it is to vote, who controls the electoral system and, some Democrats worry, whether results will be accepted no matter who wins.

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Wisconsin governor Tony Evers visiting with a dairy farmer in Madison, Wisconsin. Lianne Milton for The New York Times
President Biden has conceded that his $3.5 trillion collection of spending programs and tax cuts will need to shrink to about $2 trillion or less.

Economy updates: Not raising the debt limit could set off a global financial crisis, White House economists said in a report.

President Biden called curbing the Senate filibuster to raise the U.S. debt limit “a real possibility.”

The pandemic-fueled economic crisis has placed the city’s housing woes in stark relief. But one group of Brooklyn tenants has been fighting back.

Patricia Edwards joined a tenant strike at her building because she said she wants the landlord to make long-neglected repairs. Brittainy Newman for The New York Times
The country is starting to recover from a summer surge, but public health officials say the pandemic remains a potent threat. Here’s the latest.

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United States ›United StatesAvg. on Oct. 514-day change
New cases101,668–24%
New deaths1,808–12%

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Rich countries contribute an average of $14,000 yearly for a toddler’s care, compared with $500 in the U.S. The Democrats’ spending bill tries to shrink the gap.

The sweeping changes will help more than a half-million public service workers who had thought they were paying down their debt for years.

Children, ages 2 and 3, eating lunch at a public child care center in Denmark. Mathias Svold for The New York Times
Jonathan Kanter, the Biden administration’s choice for the Justice Department’s antitrust chief, has become a foe of Big Tech. He will be confirmed today.

Beijing is opening its financial system to foreign banks — and they have maintained their openness to the Communist Party’s rule, our columnist writes.

A daughter of Vietnamese refugees was set to run for Parliament in Australia. She was passed over for a white insider, sparking a debate over diversity.

Tu Le had been set to become the opposition Labor Party’s candidate for Parliament in one of Sydney’s most diverse districts. Matthew Abbott for The New York Times
In closing arguments in the Varsity Blues trial, prosecutors want to focus on bribes, but the ways in which universities cater to rich families is also on trial.

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The team views itself as a top contender, and still has its fair share of stars, but their payroll and pedigree can’t push them past their rivals.