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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking to Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen, said Democrats' filibuster of the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court last year helped persuade Senate Republicans who had been against the "nuclear option" for federal judicial appointments — introduced in 2013 by Senate Democrats to advance nominees with a simple majority — to expand it to Supreme Court nominations.

What he's saying: "I argued to my people if this guy can’t get 60 votes then nobody a Republican president nominates is going to get 60 votes. ... That’s what allowed me to get people who were reluctant and complaining about using the nuclear option four years earlier to do it."

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Leon Black says he "made a terrible mistake" doing business with Jeffrey Epstein

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Apollo Global Management CEO Leon Black on Wednesday said during an earnings call that he made a "terrible mistake" by employing Jeffrey Epstein to work on personal financial and philanthropic services.

Why it matters: Apollo is one of the world's largest private equity firms, and already has lost at least one major client over Black's involvement with Epstein.

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Jeremy Corbyn suspended by U.K. Labour Party over anti-Semitism report

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The U.K. Labour Party has suspended its former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, after a watchdog report found that the party failed to properly take action against allegations of anti-Semitism during his time in charge.

Why it matters: It represents a strong break by Keir Starmer, Labour's current leader, from the Corbyn era and one of the party's most persistent scandals.

U.S. economy sees record growth in third quarter

The U.S. economy grew at a 33.1% annualized pace in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.

The state of play: The record growth follows easing of the coronavirus-driven lockdowns that pushed the economy to the worst-ever contraction — but GDP still remains well below its pre-pandemic level.