Axios Oct 25
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Republican Gillespie leading in Va. gov. race — many undecided

In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 photo Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie smiles during an interview in Richmond, Va. Photo: Steve Helber / AP

Ed Gillespie is leading Democrat Ralph Northam 41% to 33%, according to a poll conducted Oct. 18-22 by the Hampton University Center for Public Policy — 27% are undecided.

Go deeper: Northam is leading in the RealClear Politics average of polls by 5.8 percentage points — the most recent poll it cites was conducted Oct. 15-17 and has him leading by 7 points.

Jonathan Swan 1 hour ago
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McMaster out, Bolton in as National Security Adviser

Bolton. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

H.R. McMaster plans to resign and will be replaced as national security adviser by former U.N. ambassador John Bolton. The White House said McMaster's departure had been under discussion for some time and that the process was sped up to end speculation about the role. McMaster will stay on until mid-April.

Bottom line: This isn’t about ideology — unlike Trump, Bolton is hawkish and interventionist on foreign policy. This is about personal chemistry. 

Khorri Atkinson 6 mins ago
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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.

Go deeper: Axios' Jonathan Swan explains the coming trade war.