Stacey Abrams speaks about criminal justice reform at the New York Public Library on April 10, 2019. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been “relentless but thoughtful” in his attempts to get former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to make a run for Senate in 2020, Buzzfeed News reports.

The bottom line: Abrams said she wants to make a decision on a Senate run by the end of April, per The Hill. "And I don’t think you actually have to make a decision about the White House before the fall,” she added, in an interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe. Abrams has kept several options on the table after denying the possibility of running on a joint ticket with former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020 last month.

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U.S. policy shift will allow taxpayer funding for projects in West Bank settlements

Friedman (L) with Netanyahu. Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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  3. Business: Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota cases traced to three Trump campaign events.
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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.