The private sector added 102,000 jobs in June, fewer than the 140,000 economists expected, according to the ADP national employment report released on Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's a rebound from the 27,000 added in May, but still suggests that Friday's government jobs release — which includes public sector jobs, while ADP does not —might come in soft amid concerns that the job market may be slowing.

  • "The job market continues to throttle back. Job growth has slowed sharply in recent months, as businesses have turned more cautious in their hiring," Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, which releases the report alongside ADP, said in a press release.

Go deeper: The U.S. jobs market is starting to worry economists

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after COVID exposure puts others at risk — Mark Meadows: "We are not going to control the pandemic"— COVID-19 looms over White House Halloween celebrations.
  2. Health: 13 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week — Fauci says maybe we should mandate masks if people don't wear themU.S. reports over 80,000 new cases for second consecutive day.
  3. World: Italy tightens restrictions Spain declares new state of emergency.

Amy Coney Barrett's immediate impact

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In her first week on the job, Amy Coney Barrett may be deciding which votes to count in the presidential election. By her third week, she’ll be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Where it stands: The Senate votes on Barrett’s nomination tomorrow. If she’s confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to swear her in at the Supreme Court within hours, an administration official tells Axios.

Texas Democrats beg Biden to spend now

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The Biden campaign is rebuffing persistent pleas from Texas Democrats to spend at least $10 million in the Lone Star state, several people familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: If Texas — which has 38 electoral votes and is steadily getting more blue, but hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976 — flipped to the Biden column, it would be game over. But the RealClearPolitics polling average stubbornly hovers at +2.6 for Trump — and Team Biden appears more focused on closer targets.

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