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President Barack Obama speaks during a get-out-the-vote rally in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

A new NBC/WSJ poll found 72% of Democratic voters have a high interest in voting in the midterms, compared to 68% of Republicans. In 2014, only 47% of Democrats and 59% of Republicans felt similarly.

The big picture: Interest in voting has increased by double digits among Latinos, young voters, and women ahead of the election, compared to their average in previous NBC/WSJ polls throughout the year. Those are crucial voting blocs for Democrats and could decide the election if they actually show up on Nov. 6.

By the numbers: Democrats lead the generic congressional ballot by nine points, which is lower than the double digits they've seen in earlier polls.

  • Voters trust Democrats more on health care (they lead by 18), but look to the GOP on the economy (they lead by 15).
  • Republicans are up by eight among white women without college degrees. But Democrats lead by 29 on the issue of which party is looking out for “women’s interests.”

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Why it matters: Crippling a major U.S. oil pipeline this weekend initially looked like an act of war — but it's now looking like an increasingly normal crime, bought off-the-shelf from a "ransomware as a service" provider known as DarkSide.

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Decades of failures around diversity and inclusion finally caught up with Hollywood Monday, when NBC made the unprecedented decision not to air the Golden Globes next year following backlash against the group that hosts the show.

Why it matters: NBC has been airing the event exclusively for decades. Its decision to pull back speaks to how big the backlash against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has become.

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