U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Wednesday he's not interested in becoming the next head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, rejecting reports that he's being considered as a replacement for the agency's embattled secretary David Shulkin, per the AP. After a Senate hearing, Perry called the speculation "fake news,” adding, “I am energy secretary from now until the foreseeable future. Happily."

The backdrop: Axios' Jonathan Swan reported over the weekend that President Trump has become increasingly fed up with Shulkin in recent days. Shulkin has faced multiple ethics allegations, including claims that he used government funds to pay for a trip to Europe for his wife and, according to the AP, that he asked a member of his round-the-clock security detail to run personal errands at a Home Depot and carry furniture items to his house.

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Campaigning for Joe Biden at a car rally in Miami on Saturday, Barack Obama railed against President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "the rest of us have to live with the consequences of what he's done."

Driving the news: With less than two weeks before the election, the Biden campaign is drawing on the former president's popularity with Democrats to drive turnout and motivate voters.

Murkowski says she'll vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Saturday that she'll vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, despite her opposition to the process that's recently transpired.

The big picture: Murkowski's decision leaves Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) as the only Republican expected to vote against Barrett.