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Steve Bannon said the meeting Donald Trump Jr. took with a Russian government lawyer in June 2016 was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic," according to previews in The Guardian from Michael Wolff's forthcoming book about the Trump White House.

"The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers... Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it's all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately."

Bannon described where he thinks the Mueller probe is headed:

"You realize where this is going…This is all about money laundering…Their path to [expletive] Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner…It's as plain as a hair on your face."

Bannon's prediction: "They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV."

The book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is out next week.

Go deeper on the meeting: Trump Jr. was notified before the meeting the Russian lawyer would present information that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton. Jared Kushner and Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, also attended the meeting.

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Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP request to limit mail-in voting

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The Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from Pennsylvania's Republican Party to shorten the deadlines for mail-in ballots in the state. Thanks to the court's 4-4 deadlock, ballots can be counted for several days after Election Day.

Why it matters: It's a major win for Democrats that could decide the fate of thousands of ballots in a crucial swing state that President Trump won in 2016. The court's decision may signal how it would deal with similar election-related litigation in other states.

Microphones will be muted during parts of Thursday's presidential debate

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The Commission on Presidential Debates adopted new rules on Monday to mute microphones to allow President Trump and Joe Biden two minutes of uninterrupted time per segment during Thursday night's debate, AP reports.

Why it matters: In the September debate, Trump interrupted Biden 71 times, compared with Biden's 22 interruptions of Trump.

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  3. States: Wisconsin judge reimposes capacity limit on indoor venues.
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  6. Sports: We've entered the era of limited fan attendance.
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