Royal Dutch Shell and Toyota are teaming up to build seven hydrogen fueling stations in California, a move that will help move the state toward its goal of having 100 such outposts by 2020, Bloomberg reports. The move illustrates California's ability to influence the business decisions of multinational companies as well as the global energy and automobile industry's willingness to imagine a life after the internal combustion engine. Shell CFO Simon Henry said in November that global demand for oil could peak in as little as five years.

Driving while texting is costing us all: The Wall Street Journal reports that auto insurance profits have fallen and insurance premiums have risen as a result of smartphone-related distracted driving. Despite automobiles having become safer themselves through upgraded technology, auto insurance rates have risen more than 16% since 2011.

Rating the retail sector: Big name retailers like Walmart, Macy's and Home Depot all report earnings on Tuesday. Walmart has managed to boost same-store sales for nine quarters in a row, but investors will be watching to see if it can maintain its profitability amid heavy investment in labor and store operations. On the other hand, Home Depot stock recently reached all-time highs as the home-improvement retailer has leveraged an improving real estate market to higher profits.

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Amy Coney Barrett's immediate impact

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In her first week on the job, Amy Coney Barrett may be deciding which votes to count in the presidential election. By her third week, she’ll be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Where it stands: The Senate votes on Barrett’s nomination tomorrow. If she’s confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to swear her in at the Supreme Court within hours, an administration official tells Axios.

Texas Democrats beg Biden to spend now

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The Biden campaign is rebuffing persistent pleas from Texas Democrats to spend at least $10 million in the Lone Star state, several people familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: If Texas — which has 38 electoral votes and is steadily getting more blue, but hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976 — flipped to the Biden column, it would be game over. But the RealClearPolitics polling average stubbornly hovers at +2.6 for Trump — and Team Biden appears more focused on closer targets.

Election night in Trumpworld

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A luxe election-night watch party at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue is being planned for President Trump's donors, friends and advisers — but Trump's hand in it is minimal because he's "very superstitious" — people familiar with the plans tell Axios.

The big picture: This "mecca for all things MAGA," as one adviser described it, is one of three hubs where they say Trumpworld will watch returns. The others are the war room at campaign HQ in Rosslyn, Virginia, and the White House residence, where Trump and the first lady will gather close family and advisers before heading to the hotel later that night, the sources said.