Sen. Claire McCaskill. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Americans for Prosperity, part of the Koch Brothers conservative political network, is announcing a $4.5 million ad buy today to pressure three Democratic senators to support the GOP tax cuts plan. The senators: McCaskill (MO), Baldwin (WI) and Donnelly (IN).

Why it matters: The tax push won't lack for funding — AFP says this is just the first wave of ads. And with Republicans like Bob Corker and Rand Paul sending warning signs about their positions on the plan, conservatives are hoping to get a couple Democrats on board.

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Eyeing the end of gas-powered cars

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Gasoline-powered cars may be going the way of the woolly mammoth, even if it will take decades to replace them and seems hard to fathom today.

The big picture: Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have powered automobiles for more than 100 years. But the shift to electric vehicles, slow to materialize at first, is now accelerating due to tightening government policies, falling costs and a societal reckoning about climate change.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pamela, both tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Friday.

The state of play: The Northams were tested after one of their staff "who works closely within the couple's living quarters" tested positive. The governor is asymptomatic, while his wife is "experiencing mild symptoms." They plan to isolate at home for 10 days.

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Amazon wants to flood America with Alexa cameras and microphones

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In a Thursday event unveiling a slew of new home devices ahead of the holidays, Amazon made clearer than ever its determination to flood America with cameras, microphones and the voice of Alexa, its AI assistant.

The big picture: Updating popular products and expanding its range to car alarms and in-home drones, Amazon extended its lead in smart home devices and moved into new areas including cloud gaming and car security. The new offerings will also fuel criticism that the tech giant is helping equip a society built around surveillance.

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