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In celebration of Russia Day, Russians gathered in cities across the country this morning to protest government corruption, in what could be the biggest protest Russia has seen for years. City governments and authorities have attempted to ban the rallies, sanction them to side roads and arrest protestors, according to NYT.

Arrests: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who orchestrated the protests, was arrested in Moscow this morning. There have been reports of other arrests, including three teenage girls in Petersburg, according to Financial Times' correspondent Max Seddon.

Why it matters: Navalny organized nation-wide protests in March as well, after which he was jailed for 15 days. The protests also serve as Navalny's attempt to force the Kremlin to let him run against President Putin in the 2018 presidential election. A felony conviction has held him back, but he claims the conviction was politically motivated.

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U.S. policy shift will allow taxpayer funding for projects in West Bank settlements

Friedman (L) with Netanyahu. Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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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.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota cases traced to three Trump campaign events.
  6. World: Putin mandates face masks.

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.