"Bannon in Limbo as President Is Urged to Oust Lightning Rod," from the N.Y. Times' Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush:

  • "Rupert Murdoch has repeatedly urged President Trump to fire him."
  • "Bannon, 63, has told people in his orbit that he never expected to last in his current position longer than eight months to a year."
  • "At a recent dinner at the White House with [Jared] Kushner and [chief of staff John] Kelly... the president listened while... Murdoch... said Mr. Bannon had to go."
  • "Trump offered little pushback... and vented his frustrations about Mr. Bannon."

Sound smart: Trump is rightly worried Bannon would instantly start the kind of alt-right media machine the president himself dreamed of building if he had lost. Bannon sees himself as the de facto leader of America First, something he believes in far more powerfully than Trump does. Bannon + media empire could = trouble for Trump White House and GOP.

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13 states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project (CTP) and state health departments. Kansas, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming surpassed records from the previous week.

The big picture: The pandemic is getting worse again across the country, and daily coronavirus cases have risen in the U.S. for six straight weeks, according to a seven-day average tracked by Axios. The U.S. reported over 80,000 new cases on both Friday and Saturday.

Senate advances Amy Coney Barrett nomination, setting up final confirmation vote

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The Senate voted 51-48 on Sunday to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, setting up a final confirmation vote for Monday.

Why it matters: It's now virtually inevitable that the Senate will vote to confirm President Trump's third Supreme Court nominee before the election, which is just nine days away.

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