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Ivanka Trump stepped in for President Trump during a roundtable discussion on "Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health" at the G20 Summit today. She initially joined the session with POTUS, but took his seat at the table (next to British PM Theresa May and just a few down from Russian President Vladimir Putin) when Trump had to step out briefly.

Why it matters: Ivanka is technically an "assistant to the president," but she's also his daughter, which muddles that role and the optics of her involvement in administration matters. Furthermore, this isn't the first time Ivanka has joined high-level meetings with foreign leaders — last Thursday she attended the bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

And Ivanka launched a global women's entrepreneurship program, in partnership with the World Bank, at the G20 Summit today. More on that here.

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Amazon wants to flood America with Alexa cameras and microphones

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In a Thursday event unveiling a slew of new home devices ahead of the holidays, Amazon made clearer than ever its determination to flood America with cameras, microphones and the voice of Alexa, its AI assistant.

The big picture: Updating popular products and expanding its range to car alarms and in-home drones, Amazon extended its lead in smart home devices and moved into new areas including cloud gaming and car security. The new offerings will also fuel criticism that the tech giant is helping equip a society built around surveillance.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
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Oil's turbulent long-term future

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The oil sector is facing risks from all sides.

Why it matters: Risk in the industry is nothing new. But these are especially turbulent and uncertain times. The industry's market clout has waned, the future of demand is kind of a mystery, and future U.S. policy is too, just to name three.

Meadows on Wray's voter fraud dismissal: "He has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail, during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Friday.

Why it matters: Meadows' statement highlights the Trump administration's strategy to sow doubt in November's election results by challenging the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which are expected to skew heavily in Democrats' favor.

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