Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was murdered in the Parkland shooting, engaged in a heated exchange with Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday night at a CNN town hall.

Why it matters: Rubio was the only Republican on-stage with parents, teachers, and students who were impacted by the shooting. He's received criticism for his response to the shooting, and donations he's received in the past from the National Rifle Association. He told the audience he would support increasing the age requirement to purchase rifles, banning bump stocks, and improving the background check system.

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Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
7 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Trump doesn't have a second-term economic plan

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Trump has not laid out an economic agenda for his second term, despite the election being just eight days away.

Why it matters: This is unprecedented in modern presidential campaigns, and makes it harder for undecided voters to make an informed choice.

Amy Harder, author of Generate
37 mins ago - Energy & Environment
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How Trump’s energy endgame could go

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Expect President Trump to redouble his efforts loosening regulations and questioning climate-change science should he win reelection next month.

Driving the news: A second Trump administration would supercharge efforts by certain states, countries and companies to address global warming. But some wildcards could have a greener tinge.

Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals
37 mins ago - Health

The swing states where the pandemic is raging

Data: The COVID Tracking Project, The Cook Political Report; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Several states that are likely to decide which party controls Washington next year have exceptionally large coronavirus outbreaks or are seeing cases spike.

Why it matters: Most voters have already made up their minds. But for those few holdouts, the state of the pandemic could ultimately help them make a decision as they head to the polls — and that's not likely to help President Trump.