Derek Kan (L) tours California infrastructure projects with Rep. Jeff Dunham. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

The White House is considering Derek Kan, undersecretary at the Department of Transportation, for a spot on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, Bloomberg reports. A source close to the situation tells Axios that the leak reads like a "trial balloon," after President Trump's past four picks failed to pass muster.

The bottom line: Kan already has made it through the Senate confirmation process in order to move into his current position, which could make the White House believe he'd have smoother sailing than past nominees.

  • Kan isn't considered an expert on monetary policy, but did study economic history at the London School of Economics. He also served as as chief economist to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) during the financial crisis and its Dodd-Frank aftermath.
  • He later joined Lyft as a general manager and was named by President Obama to the Amtrak board.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 32,471,119 — Total deaths: 987,593 — Total recoveries: 22,374,557Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 7,032,524 — Total deaths: 203,657 — Total recoveries: 2,727,335 — Total tests: 99,483,712Map.
  3. States: "We’re not closing anything going forward": Florida fully lifts COVID restaurant restrictions — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus.
  4. Health: Young people accounted for 20% of cases this summer.
  5. Business: Coronavirus has made airports happier places The expiration of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance looms.
  6. Education: Where bringing students back to school is most risky.
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Biden pushes unity message in new TV wave

A fresh Joe Biden ad, "New Start," signals an effort by his campaign to make unity a central theme, underscoring a new passage in his stump speech that says he won't be a president just for Democrats but for all Americans.

What he's saying: The ad — which began Friday night, and is a follow-up to "Fresh Start" — draws from a Biden speech earlier in the week in Manitowoc, Wisconsin:

Trump prepares to announce Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court replacement

Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Photo: Matt Cashore/Notre Dame University via Reuters

President Trump is preparing to nominate federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, a favorite of both the social conservative base and Republican elected officials, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republican sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Barrett would push the already conservative court further and harder to the right, for decades to come, on the most important issues in American politics — from abortion to the limits of presidential power. If confirmed, she would give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the high court.