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President Obama has signed a bill cementing into law an administration program that's brought talent from Silicon Valley to the federal government, according to a release the White House sent out just 36 minutes before the end of his term.

What the bill does: The Presidential Innovation Fellows program was the product of an executive order which puts tech experts and innovators into government roles. The Republican-backed TALENT Act codifies that program into law.

Why it matters:

There's been a lot of hand-wringing over the future of the initiatives Obama established to beef up the government's tech reserves. This means that at least one of those programs will continue regardless of the Trump administration's plans.

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Obama: The rest of us have to live with the consequences of what Trump's done

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Campaigning for Joe Biden at a car rally in Miami on Saturday, Barack Obama railed against President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "the rest of us have to live with the consequences of what he's done."

Driving the news: With less than two weeks before the election, the Biden campaign is drawing on the former president's popularity with Democrats to drive turnout and motivate voters.

Murkowski says she'll vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Saturday that she'll vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, despite her opposition to the process that's recently transpired.

The big picture: Murkowski's decision leaves Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) as the only Republican expected to vote against Barrett.

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