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Russian operatives posed as "United Muslims of America," a real group, to push propaganda on Facebook and Instagram, per The Daily Beast. Russians used an imposter account to disseminate inflammatory memes — such as one saying Hillary Clinton admitted the U.S. "created, funded and armed" ISIS and al-Qaeda and other falsely claiming Osama Bin Laden was a CIA agent.

Why it matters: It's the latest shoe to drop about the Kremlin's attempts to influence the 2016 election through social media. Previous reporting has shown that Russians purchased ads to inflame racial tensions and Islamophobia.

The gritty details: The Kremlin used the fake "United Muslims of America" account "to promote political rallies aimed at Muslim audiences" while "simultaneously using other accounts to hawk virulently Islamophobic messages to right-wing audiences," the Daily Beast reports. The Twitter, Facebook and Instagram imposter accounts have been shut down.

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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.

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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.

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