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The Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings wrapped Thursday after four days of Senate questioning. Her expected confirmation will move an already conservative Supreme Court even further to the right.

  • Plus, the dueling Trump-Biden town halls.
  • And, social media's struggle to stop misinformation.

Guests: Axios' Sam Baker, Scott Rosenberg, and Margaret Talev.

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Oct 28, 2020 - Podcasts

Fake hacks on social media

There have been many worries about bad actors hacking into social media platforms like Facebook and sowing chaos and distrust in our democracy. But now, Facebook is saying hackers might not even have to do any hacking at all to be effective. Instead, they can just say they did. It's called "perception hacking".

McConnell: Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will help GOP retain Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.

Oct 28, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Right-wing misinformation could gain steam post-election

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

With less than a week until the 2020 election, researchers have expressed concern that the information ecosystem today is ripe for an unprecedented level of exploitation by bad actors, particularly hyper-partisan media and personalities on the right.

Why it matters: The misinformation-powered right-wing media machine that fueled Donald Trump's 2016 victory grew stronger after that win, and it's set to increase its reach as a result of the upcoming election, whether Trump wins or loses.