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Amazon has plans to split its second headquarters between two cities with 25,000 employees in each, the Wall Street Journal’s Laura Stevens reports, citing "a person familiar with the matter." Amazon declined to comment.

Why it matters: By dividing up the anticipated second headquarters, Amazon could dampen the anticipated impact of opening a massive new headquarters in just one city. The Washington Post reported Saturday that Amazon has plans to put its second headquarters in Crystal City, located in northern Virginia. And the New York Times reported tonight that the company is nearing a deal to put the other half of HQ2 in Long Island City in Queens, New York.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the New York Times report on Amazon choosing Queens as a second location for HQ2.

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Amy Coney Barrett's immediate impact

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In her first week on the job, Amy Coney Barrett may be deciding which votes to count in the presidential election. By her third week, she’ll be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Where it stands: The Senate votes on Barrett’s nomination tomorrow. If she’s confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to swear her in at the Supreme Court within hours, an administration official tells Axios.

Texas Democrats beg Biden to spend now

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The Biden campaign is rebuffing persistent pleas from Texas Democrats to spend at least $10 million in the Lone Star state, several people familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: If Texas — which has 38 electoral votes and is steadily getting more blue, but hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976 — flipped to the Biden column, it would be game over. But the RealClearPolitics polling average stubbornly hovers at +2.6 for Trump — and Team Biden appears more focused on closer targets.