Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has cleared his schedule Wednesday and is expected to hold a 2:30pm press conference where he will make a statement and take questions from the media on his involvement in the 2008 plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein, sources familiar told Axios, and the Labor Department later confirmed.

Why it matters: A source close to President Trump tells Axios there is "zero" chance he fires Labor Secretary Alex Acosta over his handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case. But, as we reported, Acosta has few allies inside the White House — and a number who want to see him gone — because of what they perceive as his inadequate efforts on deregulation.

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Biden has huge cash advantage over Trump as Election Day nears

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had $177.3 million in the bank at the end of September, per the latest Federal Election Commission filings.

Why it matters: President Trump's re-election campaign reported having $63.1 million in the bank at the end of last month, as campaigning enters the final stretch ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.

Court allows North Carolina mail-in ballots deadline extension

An absentee ballot election worker stuffs ballot applications at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections office in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

North Carolina can accept absentee ballots that are postmarked Nov. 3, Election Day, until Nov. 12, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday in a 12-3 majority ruling.

Why it matters: The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling against state and national Republican leaders settles a lawsuit brought by a group representing retirees, and it could see scores of additional votes counted in the key battleground state.