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A number of political appointees at the Department of Agriculture have little agricultural experience — or policy experience at all — but worked on President Trump's campaign, per Politico. A review of 42 resumes revealed that 22 appointees at the USDA worked on the campaign, and some appeared "to lack credentials, such as a college degree, required to qualify for higher government salaries."

Why it matters: It's customary for campaign staff to earn positions in the administrations of the presidents they worked for, but "sources familiar with the department's inner workings" told Politico the lack of experience among Agriculture Dept. appointees is unusual.

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Senate advances Amy Coney Barrett nomination, setting up final confirmation vote

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The Senate voted 51-48 on Sunday to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, setting up a final confirmation vote for Monday.

Why it matters: It's now virtually inevitable that the Senate will vote to confirm President Trump's third Supreme Court nominee before the election, which is just nine days away.

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Recent headlines will have you convinced that Wall Street is hell-bent on living up to all of its stereotypes.

Driving the news: Goldman Sachs is the biggest and the boldest, paying more than $5 billion in fines in the wake of the 1MDB scandal, in which billions were stolen from the people of Malaysia.

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