9 confirmation hearings this week
  • Tuesday: Jeff Sessions (Justice) and John Kelly (Homeland)
  • Wednesday: Rex Tillerson (State), Mike Pompeo (CIA), Betsy DeVos (Education), Elaine Chao (Transportation) and Wilbur Ross (Commerce)
  • Thursday: Ben Carson (Housing and Urban Development) and Andrew Puzder (Labor)

Republicans want to get this ball rolling. "You can't kill four people in one day," one told Axios AM.

That still leaves:

  • Gen. James Mattis, who just filed his disclosure forms. He's worth about $10M, and has deep financial ties to General Dynamics, the 4th-largest Pentagon contractor.
  • Secretaries of Agriculture and Veterans Affairs. Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is expected to nab the Ag slot, but crickets so far on the VA.
Any movement on Obamacare?

At least 7 Republicans are on the fence on Obamacare,

according to

Axios reporter Caitlin Owens. That's a lot. Republicans can move legislation with just 50 votes, but with just 52 seats, they don't have much space to give.

Go deeper

Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage"

Former President Barack Obama launched a blistering attack on President Trump while campaigning for Joe Biden in Orlando on Tuesday, criticizing Trump for complaining about the pandemic as cases soar and joking that he's "jealous of COVID's media coverage."

Driving the news: Trump has baselessly accused the news media of only focusing on covering the coronavirus pandemic — which has killed over 226,000 Americans so far and is surging across the country once again — as a way to deter people from voting on Election Day and distract from other issues.

Wisconsin Democrats: Don't return absentee ballots by mail

Signs for Joe Biden are seen outside a home in Coon Valle, Wisconsin, on Oct. 3. Photo by KEREM YUCEL via Getty

Wisconsin Democrats are urging voters to return absentee ballots to election clerks’ offices or drop boxes after a Supreme Court decision on Monday prevented the state from extending its deadline for counting absentee ballots, The New York Times reports.

Why it matters: 1,344,535 of the 1,706,771 Wisconsin voters who requested absentee ballots have returned them, according to the Times. The remaining 366,236 could prove critical in the battleground state, where President Trump won by a thin margin in 2016.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
Updated 2 hours ago - Economy & Business

Winter coronavirus threat spurs new surge of startup activity

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

U.S. coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are surging, with cold weather arriving before even the best-case scenario for a widely distributed vaccine. Now we're also beginning to see an increase in coronavirus-related startup funding, focused on both testing and pharma.

Driving the news: Gauss, a Silicon Valley computer vision startup focused on health care, tells Axios that it's raised $10 million to accelerate development and commercialization of an at-home rapid antigen test for COVID-19.

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