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Use the holiday to get caught up on last week.

  1. White House staff was in "survival mode ... scared to death."
  2. The Obamacare repeal effort became a huge mess.
  3. In an interview, Betsy DeVos told Jonathan Swan what she wishes she said at her confirmation hearing.
  4. What made Steve Bannon privately unload on his former reporter.
  5. A peek into how Trump's campaign strategy extends to the Oval Office.
  6. How — and when — President Trump tweets, including a very cool chart.
  7. Speaking of Trump tweets, we took a look at how his tweets affect stock prices.
  8. Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei weighed in on the "opposition party" media.
  9. How the JOBS Act of 2012 affects Snap's IPO.
  10. Last but not least, there was that press conference.

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Higher education expands its climate push

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New or expanded climate initiatives are popping up at several universities, a sign of the topic's rising prominence and recognition of the threats and opportunities it creates.

Why it matters: Climate and clean energy initiatives at colleges and universities are nothing new, but it shows expanded an campus focus as the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly apparent, and the world is nowhere near the steep emissions cuts that scientists say are needed to hold future warming in check.

Ina Fried, author of Login
1 hour ago - Economy & Business

The pandemic isn't slowing tech

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Thursday's deluge of Big Tech earnings reports showed one thing pretty clearly: COVID-19 may be bad in all sorts of ways, but it's not slowing down the largest tech companies. If anything, it's helping some companies, like Amazon and Apple.

Yes, but: With the pandemic once again worsening in the U.S. and Europe, it's not clear how long the tech industry's winning streak can last.

Texas early voting surpasses 2016's total turnout

Early voting in Austin earlier this month. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

Texas' early and mail-in voting totals for the 2020 election have surpassed the state's total voter turnout in 2016, with 9,009,850 ballots already cast compared to 8,969,226 in the last presidential cycle.

Why it matters: The state's 38 Electoral College votes are in play — and could deliver a knockout blow for Joe Biden over President Trump — despite the fact that it hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976.

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