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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Axios caught up with Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill today. The House Minority Leader told us she wasn't worried about political backlash if Democrats obstruct Trump's Supreme Court.

In our caucus, yes, our members want to see the same standard that they applied to President Obama [with Merrick Garland] applied to the President.

Why this matters: We reported yesterday that Senate Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, aren't afraid of the political fallout from forcing Republicans to use the so-called "nuclear option" to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch. The House members are in closer touch with the Democratic base, which is energized and calling for total opposition to Trump.

As Pelosi's message makes clear: When it comes to the Supreme Court, Democrats see political value in forcing a fight (even though they know it's one they'll ultimately lose.)

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Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, which has been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.

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The technology industry is famously determined to change the world — but its efforts to diversify its workforce and remove bias from its products haven't changed nearly enough.

Biden: "Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been"

President Biden speaks during the 40th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the U.S Capitolon Oct. 16. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden speaking at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday honored members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2021 and saluted those who are currently serving.

Driving the news: "We expect everything of you, and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations. Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been," Biden said.

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