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Comcast confirmed Wednesday morning its preparing an all-cash offer for 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets, properties Fox has already agreed to sell to Walt Disney Company. Comcast says their offer is higher.

Why it matters: Fox initially rejected a higher bid from Comcast, fearing regulatory hurdles with a vertical merger, according to SEC filings. But if AT&T's merger with Time Warner is allowed, Fox may have incentive to take Comcast's higher bid, leaving Disney in the dust.

Comcast says that while no final decision has been made, "at this point the work to finance the all-cash offer and make the key regulatory filings is well advanced."

It wouldn't be shocking if Fox ditched Mickey Mouse for the telecom giant, although CNBC reported Tuesday that Fox is closing in on a shareholder vote over Disney's $52 billion bid for Fox's media assets.

  • While Fox executives have made it clear that Disney is its preferred merger partner, the company will need money to pilot its new separate sports and news network, and Comcast's bid is reportedly higher than Disney's.

Between the lines: A reported rivalry between Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and Disney CEO Bob Iger could also be playing into bidding wars.

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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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