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Amtrak wants to boost its financial performance by prioritizing fast-growing, shorter routes in the South and West while cutting expensive, long-haul routes across the country, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Amtrak believes its best success stems from investing in shorter routes in growing areas — for example, Atlanta, Georgia. to Charlotte, North Carolina — that could feasibly compete with air travel. But any move toward cutting the legacy coast-to-coast routes could anger rail enthusiasts and would require the approval of Congress, which has supported such routes in the past.

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Obama: The rest of us have to live with the consequences of what Trump's done

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Campaigning for Joe Biden at a car rally in Miami on Saturday, Barack Obama railed against President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "the rest of us have to live with the consequences of what he's done."

Driving the news: With less than two weeks before the election, the Biden campaign is drawing on the former president's popularity with Democrats to drive turnout and motivate voters.

Murkowski says she'll vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Saturday that she'll vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, despite her opposition to the process that's recently transpired.

The big picture: Murkowski's decision leaves Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) as the only Republican expected to vote against Barrett.