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Starting today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is leading a two-day retreat with his Cabinet focused on how to handle Trump's trade policy — particularly his vow to renegotiate NAFTA. Canadians are worried changes could damage their economy. Here are some details on the retreat, via Reuters:

  • Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, will travel to Calgary, Alberta, where the retreat is taking place.
  • Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of investment firm Blackstone Group and leader of a panel of business leaders advising trump, has also been invited to address the retreat on Monday.

Why this matters: The retreat shows that Canada has serious concerns about Trump's trade policy, and Kushner's visit shows the importance placed on it by the Trump administration.

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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.

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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.