The Chromebook Tab 10. Photo: Acer

Google's Chrome OS, which has largely been focused on inexpensive laptops, has arrived on the first tablet — the $329 Chromebook Tab from Acer.

Why it matters: Apple is holding an education-themed event in Chicago on Tuesday, where it is likely to talk about how the latest iPad software and hardware make it the right device for schools. Chromebooks have already taken a big slice of the K-12 market, so having a tablet option could help its competitive case.

The Acer tablet comes with a stylus that doesn't need charging or pairing, and will be available for schools and businesses in North America starting next month. Like other recent Chrome OS devices, it can run many Android apps, in addition to the Chrome browser.

Go deeper: Google outlined its thinking in taking Chrome to tablets, as well as some of the software options, in a blog post.

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Durbin on Barrett confirmation: "We can’t stop the outcome"

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on ABC's "This Week" that Senate Democrats can “slow” the process of confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett “perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most," but that they "can’t stop the outcome."

Why it matters: Durbin confirmed that Democrats have "no procedural silver bullet" to stop Senate Republicans from confirming Barrett before the election, especially with only two GOP senators — Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — voicing their opposition. Instead, Democrats will likely look to retaliate after the election if they win control of the Senate and White House.

The top Republicans who aren't voting for Trump in 2020

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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge announced in an op-ed Sunday that he would be voting for Joe Biden.

Why it matters: Ridge, who was also the first secretary of homeland security under George W. Bush, joins other prominent Republicans who have publicly said they will either not vote for Trump's re-election this November or will back Biden.

Former GOP governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge endorses Joe Biden

Tom Ridge. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Tom Ridge, the former Republican governor of Pennsylvania, will vote for Joe Biden, he announced in a Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed on Sunday.

Why it matters: Ridge, who also served as the first Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush, said this would be his first time casting a vote for a Democratic candidate for president. He's now the third former Republican governor from a swing state to endorse Biden and reject Trump — joining John Kasich from Ohio and Rick Snyder from Michigan.

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