Vice President Mike Pence is still an optimist about the Senate's prospects for getting a health care deal. In Iowa this afternoon, he declared that Congress is "working around the clock" to produce a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and called on the Senate to pass a bill this summer. He said Iowa is "facing a health care crisis" under Obamacare, citing the withdrawals of Wellmark and Aetna from the ACA marketplace and the possibility that Medica might pull out, too.

Reality check: The Senate has been on recess, and Republicans are likely to come back on Monday to a less-than-fully-drafted health care plan and a lot of major decisions still to be made. Some Senate Republicans, including Richard Burr and Ron Johnson, have been sounding more skeptical that the Senate will be able to close the deal.

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  1. Politics: Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage" Axios-Ipsos poll: Federal response has only gotten worse.
  2. Health: Hospitals face a crush — 13 states set single-day case records last week.
  3. Business: Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
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McConnell: Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will help GOP retain Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.

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The fight over fracking

Fracking has become a flashpoint in the election's final week, particularly in Pennsylvania where both President Trump and Joe Biden made stops on Monday. But much of the political rhetoric has ignored that the industry has gone from boom to bust, beset by layoffs, bankruptcies and fire-sale mergers.

Axios Re:Cap digs into the state of fracking, and what it means for the future of American energy, with Bob McNally, president of Rapidan Energy Group.