Top Pence aides test positive for Covid-19

Mike Pence applauds Donald Trump during his State of the Union address in Feb. 2019.

Two people associated with Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive for Covid-19.

Pence's office said in a statement Saturday night that his chief of staff, Marc Short, "began quarantine" after learning of the diagnosis and was cooperating a contact-tracing effort.

“Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health," vice presidential spokesman Devin O'Malley said in the statement.

“While Vice President Pence is considered a close contact with Mr. Short, in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel," he said.

Additionally, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News that Pence’s senior political adviser, Marty Obst, also tested positive.

Obst was at the debate in Salt Lake City with Pence Oct. 7, posing maskless with him and others after the event.

Obst is not a government employee. Pence’s office has not yet responded to requests for comment.

The vice president wore a mask Saturday while traveling on Air Force Two for his campaign events in Lakeland and Tallahassee, Florida, and e took it off for his remarks.

Over the last several weeks, Pence has only on occasion worn a face covering, including Friday while early voting indoors.

At the beginning of October, President Donald Trump announced he had the virus and, after being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center, said he had fully recovered days later.

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GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski Flips, Says She'll Vote 'Yes' on Barrett Supreme Court Nomination

LEFT: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) leaves the Senate Chamber following a couple of votes in the U.S. Capitol July 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. RIGHT: Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) walks to the Senate floor ahead of a vote on the health care bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 27, 2017.

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski announced Saturday afternoon she will vote "yes" on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, despite just two days before signaling she would vote against President Donald Trump's nominee.

 Republican Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski disagreed on Tuesday with President Donald Trump's decision to halt discussions on a new coronavirus economic stimulus package.

The Alaska GOP senator's complete reversal leaves only Maine Senator Susan Collins as the only other Republican who may decide to vote against Barrett. The female Republican senators were the only members of the upper chamber who had previously expressed their desire to push the SCOTUS nomination back until after their respective senate elections. On Thursday, just two days ago, Murkowski expressed her opposition to the Senate trying to jam her nomination through before Election Day. But during Saturday's rare senate session, she declared that Barrett should be judged based on her qualifications and is set to be confirmed.

"I believe that the only way to put us back on the path of appropriate consideration of judicial nominees is to evaluate Judge Barrett as we would want to be judged. On the merits of her qualifications. And we do that when that final questions comes before us. And when it does, I will be a yes," Murkowski said on the Senate floor.

"I had hoped that if we were going to be at this moment in time just over a week out from our national elections, that we would be here on the floor debating - debating the merits of a [stimulus] relief bill. And in my home state of Alaska, as in so many states around the country, we're seeing unprecedented numbers [of new coronavirus] cases now," Murkowski continued Saturday.

Last Thursday, a congressional pool report spoke with the Alaska GOP senator and she gave a very different view just after Barrett's nomination advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I've shared for a while that I didn't think we should be taking this up until after the election, and I haven't changed," Murkowski said. The senator was then explicitly asked whether she was still planning on being a "no" vote during the full senate vote, to which she replied, "That means I haven't changed my mind on that."

Regardless of Murkowski or Collins voting against Barrett, Republicans still have the simple majority votes needed to confirm Barrett, which is likely to happen Monday evening. With Murkowski's sudden flip-flop, the expected vote is 52-48.

Murkowski perhaps buckled to the pressure from her Republican colleagues including the president himself, who has attacked any dissenting voices in the GOP majority senate. In June, Trump tweeted, "Few people know where they'll be in two years from now, but I do, in the Great State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski. She voted against HealthCare, Justice Kavanaugh, and much else."

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Jennifer Aniston endorses Joe Biden, says 'it's not funny to vote for Kanye'

Jennifer Aniston just voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — and urged her 35 million followers to do the same. 

The Friends star, 51, shared a photo of herself dropping her ballot off in Los Angeles, and she wasn’t afraid to get political on Instagram. Aniston said she voted for the Democratic nominees as “this country is more divided than ever.” 

“Right now, a few men in power are deciding what women can and can’t do with their own bodies. Our current President has decided that racism is a non-issue. He has repeatedly and publicly ignored science... too many people have died,” Aniston wrote on Friday.

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“I urge you to really consider who is going to be most affected by this election if we stay on the track we’re on right now... your daughters, the LGBQT+ community, our Black brothers and sisters, the elderly with health conditions, and your future kids and grandkids (who will be tasked with saving a planet that our leadership refuses to believe is hurting),” the actress continued. “This whole thing isn’t about one candidate or one single issue, it’s about the future of this country and of the world. Vote for equal human rights, for love, and for decency.”

Aniston concluded with a message to anyone considering voting for Kanye West.

“PS — It’s not funny to vote for Kanye,” she added. “I don’t know how else to say it. Please be responsible.”

Although West isn’t on the ballot in most states, the rapper asked people to write in his name for president. Kim Kardashian’s husband previously indicated his spoiler campaign was designed to hurt Biden, as he’s been vocal supporter of President Donald Trump.

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