U.S. workers build the border wall between El Paso, Texas, US and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images

With two days left before the start of another partial government shutdown, there are still disagreements between congressional Republicans and Democrats on some of the specifics of their border security deal that was announced earlier this week, Politico Playbook reports.

Reality check: The two sides are still working out the exact language that would grant $1.375 billion to fund President Trump's border wall — as well as wrangling disputes on back pay for federal contractors and an extension for the Violence Against Women Act. Though the issues are relatively small, Playbook notes that the clock isn't on lawmakers' side: "Many of these issues can be worked out. But there is very little time."

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The missed opportunities for 2020 and beyond

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As the 2020 presidential campaign draws to a close, President Trump and Joe Biden have focused little on some of the most sweeping trends that will outlive the fights of the moment.

Why it matters: Both have engaged on some issues, like climate change and China, on their own terms, and Biden has addressed themes like economic inequality that work to his advantage. But others have gone largely unmentioned — a missed opportunity to address big shifts that are changing the country.

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  1. Politics: Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus — 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-19
  3. World: Polish President Andrzej Duda tests positive for COVID-19.

Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.