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On Friday, October 23 Axios' Mike Allen, Margaret Talev, and Stef Kight hosted a conversation on voter turnout and how national security will play a key role in November's election, featuring Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), CEO of Voto Latino María Teresa Kumar and former national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

María Teresa Kumar discussed Voto Latino's registration of 567,000 new voters in six key battleground states, and trends across the Latino electorate.

  • On the growth of eligible Latino voters and its effect on swing states: "Four million more young Latino voters are eligible to vote. Every 30 seconds, a young Latino becomes eligible to vote. So that is why you see such a shifting in our electoral map of what is now considered a toss up."

Rep. Karen Bass unpacked her concerns about the election, voter suppression, and her priorities in the coming weeks.

  • On President Trump's political rhetoric: "I'm really worried about November 4th, frankly, because the president has been so divisive...He doesn't use a dog whistle. He has a bullhorn and he's telling [white supremacist groups] to all come out."
  • On the priorities of the Congressional Black Caucus going into 2021: "Our number one, number two, and number three priorities are COVID. "

Retired Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster discussed Russia's attempts to disrupt U.S. elections in 2016 and 2020, American foreign policy, and his view of Russian President Vladimir Putin's long-term goals.

  • On Russia's election disruption strategies: "Russia is engaged in a sustained campaign of political subversion against us...The broad effort is to use disinformation to shake our confidence in who we are as a people, to polarize our society, to pit us against each other, and to shake our confidence in our democratic principles, institutions and processes."

Thank you Bank of America for sponsoring this event.

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Which is to say: Americans have played into Russian President Vladimir Putin's hands — again. It is assumed he can attack next year's elections if he so chooses, but since no outsider knows exactly how, what comes next is one of the great underlying mystery-dramas of the 2020 election campaign.

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Why it matters: A number of members of Biden’s own party dislike his Middle East strategy, as his administration signals the region is no longer the priority it was for President Obama and his predecessors.

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Comprehensive immigration reform is a pipe dream, but some Senate Democrats are hoping to tie key immigration provisions to the next big reconciliation push.

Why it matters: Immigration is one of the most controversial and partisan issues in U.S. politics, which is why the budget reconciliation process — which allows for bills to pass the Senate with a simple majority rather than the usual 60 votes — is so attractive.