The FBI intended to pay the British spy who authored the Trump/Russia dossier to continue his work after the election, the Washington Post reports.

Christopher Steele was funded by groups opposing Donald Trump during the election, but the bureau planned to foot the bill afterward.

Trump has dismissed the dossier, which alleged Russia had compromising information about him, as "fake news", but James Comey felt compelled to brief him on it prior to his inauguration.

Why it matters: this is the clearest sign to date that the FBI felt Steele's work was credible, despite the fact that some facets of the dossier proved inaccurate. Today's revelation could also further strain relations between the White House and FBI.

The latest: the FBI came to a verbal agreement with Steele in October, according to the Post, but it evaporated after the dossier became the subject of media reports.

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Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP request to limit mail-in voting

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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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