Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Col.). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner's spokesman told the Denver Post that he intends to vote on Thursday — the 34th day of the ongoing government shutdown — for a clean funding bill that would reopen the government without funding for President Trump's border wall.

Why it matters: Gardner, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is a member of Senate Republican leadership. He's expected to join Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in backing the clean funding bill, a move they first signaled earlier this month. Gardner, like Murkowski and Collins, will also vote for a Republican-backed bill on Thursday that includes Trump's desired funding.

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Betting on inflation is paying off big for investors

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The specter of rising inflation is helping power assets like gold, silver and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) to strong returns with record demand this year.

The big picture: Investors continue to pack in even as inflation metrics like the consumer price index (CPI) and personal consumption expenditure (PCE) index have remained anchored.

Scoop: Top CEOs urge Congress to help small businesses

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With a new coronavirus relief measure stalled in Congress, CEOs of some of the world's biggest companies have banded together to send a message to Washington: Get money to small businesses now!

Why it matters: "By Labor Day, we foresee a wave of permanent closures if the right steps are not taken soon," warns the letter, organized by Howard Schultz and signed by more than 100 CEOs.

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What a President Biden would mean for tech

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A Biden presidency would put the tech industry on stabler ground than it's had with President Trump. Although Biden is unlikely to rein in those Democrats who are itching to regulate the big platforms, he'll almost certainly have other, bigger priorities.

The big picture: Liberal Silicon Valley remains one of Democrats' most reliable sources for big-money donations. But a Biden win offers no guarantee that tech will be able to renew the cozy relationship it had with the Obama White House.