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Imran Awan, a former House IT staffer at the center of right-wing conspiracies, pleaded guilty to bank fraud after reaching a plea deal on Tuesday morning, CNN reports. The government acknowledged that there was no evidence to support claims that Awan had stolen confidential information from Congressional servers.

Why it matters: President Trump has tweeted about Awan and his connections with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz — the former DNC chairwoman — alluding to conspiracy theories about Awan's involvment in the DNC email hacks.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's spokesperson David Damron told Axios in a statement: “We rely on our justice system to produce a fair result, after a considered, objective review. That role is even more important at a time when Donald Trump and his allies spread dangerous distortions with the intent of falsely smearing his political opponents.”

Go deeper: Why Trump is tweeting about "Awan & Debbie."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after COVID exposure puts others at risk — Mark Meadows: "We are not going to control the pandemic" — COVID-19 looms over White House Halloween celebrations.
  2. Health: Fauci says maybe we should mandate masks if people don't wear them — America was sick well before it ever got COVID-19U.S. reports over 80,000 new cases for 2nd straight day.
  3. World: Spain declares new state of emergency — Polish President Andrzej Duda tests positive for COVID-19.

Senate advances Amy Coney Barrett nomination, setting up final confirmation vote

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The Senate voted 51-48 on Sunday to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, setting up a final confirmation vote for Monday.

Why it matters: It's now virtually inevitable that the Senate will vote to confirm President Trump's third Supreme Court nominee before the election, which is just nine days away.

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Wall Street is living up to its bad reputation

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Recent headlines will have you convinced that Wall Street is hell-bent on living up to all of its stereotypes.

Driving the news: Goldman Sachs is the biggest and the boldest, paying more than $5 billion in fines in the wake of the 1MDB scandal, in which billions were stolen from the people of Malaysia.