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Hard Numbers: Bloomberg helps felons vote, China goes net zero, Russian dissident discharged, Facebook fake accounts

US billionaire and philanthropist Mike Bloomberg during his short-lived presidential primary campaign. Reuters

16 million: US billionaire (and failed 2020 presidential candidate) Mike Bloomberg has helped raise $16 million to help former felons in Florida pay their outstanding court debts so they can vote in the November election. Florida, a traditional swing state in the US electoral college system, is a must-win for President Trump to get reelected.

2060: China, the world's top producer of greenhouse gas emissions, has pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2060. It's the first time that Beijing has made a concrete "net zero" carbon commitment, which will entail scaling up its (voluntary) national emissions cuts under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

32: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from a German hospital 32 days after being taken there following his poisoning in Russia. Germany and most other Western governments — although not US President Donald Trump — have concluded that Navalny was deliberately poisoned with Novochik, a Soviet-era nerve agent normally restricted to the Russian military and intelligence services.

212: Facebook removed 212 fake accounts, most of them linked to China, for violating its policy against "coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign or government entity" in the Philippines and the US. The vast majority of the activity reached the accounts of hundreds of thousands of Filipino Facebook users, and regularly tagged critics of President Rodrigo Duterte (who is often, but not always, pro-China).

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here. This is the last week before elections, have only lasted for two years, cost billions of dollars. We're sick of it. We're ready. We're ready to get past this. What do we think is going to happen?

Well, let's be clear. Biden is way ahead, and it's hard for incumbents to lose. They tended to win in the United States. They need to be unpopular and unlucky to lose, but Trump does seem to be checking both of those boxes. He's never been enormously popular. He has a pretty narrow base that is very strongly supportive of him, some 38 to 42% back and forth, but a narrow band, which has been pretty consistent for most of them the last four years, but he's also been massively unlucky. Unlucky, how?

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We live on an (increasingly) urban planet. Today, for the first time in human history, more than half of the world's population (55 percent) lives in cities. By 2050, that figure will rise to more than two-thirds, with close to 7 billion people living in urban areas. Cities have always been centers of opportunity, innovation, and human progress. But they are also often on the front lines of the major political and social challenges of the day. Here are three areas in which that's true right now.

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Just days from the election, Trump and Biden compete for the last three undecided voters in America. #PUPPETREGIME


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