Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally last year on Capitol Hill for a $15 minimum and rights to form unions. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

McDonald's has become the minimum wage target for Senator Bernie Sanders, who is demanding the fast food chain to pay its workers $15 an hour companywide. In a letter to CEO Steve Easterbrook, Sanders wrote that such move by McDonald's "would set an example for the entire fast food industry to follow."

Why it matters: Sanders had previously called on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to increase the company's minimum wage, which he followed through on this week. The Vermont senator and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) introduced the "Stop Bezos Act" last month to punish large companies whose workers depend on public assistance because of low wages.

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Republican senators defend Fauci as Trump escalates attacks

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Several Republican senators defended Anthony Fauci after a string of attacks in recent days from President Trump, who has called the government's top infectious-disease expert "a disaster" and falsely claimed that he's a Democrat.

Why it matters: As polls indicate warning signs for both Trump and down-ballot Republicans, more GOP leaders are urging the president to stop downplaying the pandemic and to listen to advice from public health experts. Fauci is one of the most trusted voice in the country on coronavirus issues.

Senate to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation on Oct. 26

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Capitol on Oct. 20. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

The Senate will vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next Monday, Oct. 26, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday.

The big picture: The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote this Thursday to advance Barrett's nomination to the full Senate floor. Democrats have acknowledged that there's nothing procedurally they can do to stop Barrett's confirmation, which will take place just one week out from Election Day.

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  1. Politics: Americans feel Trump's sickness makes him harder to trustFlorida breaks record for in-person early voting.
  2. Health: The next wave is gaining steam.
  3. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots.
  4. World: Ireland moving back into lockdown — Argentina becomes 5th country to report 1 million infections.