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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is sounding deeply skeptical of the Senate health care bill because of its tight Medicaid spending limits — but he's not absolutely opposing it yet.

  • "Anybody can do the rudimentary math" on the new bill's addition of $70 billion to help state insurance markets vs. more than $700 billion in Medicaid savings, he told reporters this morning at the National Governors Association meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, per the Nevada Independent.
  • But Politico reports that Sandoval wouldn't say he opposes the bill. He's supposed to talk with Vice President Mike Pence at the governors' meeting.

Why it matters: Whatever Sandoval says will probably have a big influence on whether Sen. Dean Heller votes for the bill. If he votes against it — or against the motion to take up the bill — that would be enough to kill it.

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U.S. policy shift will allow taxpayer funding for projects in West Bank settlements

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The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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  1. Politics: Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage" Axios-Ipsos poll: Federal response has only gotten worse.
  2. Health: Hospitals face a crush — 13 states set single-day case records last week.
  3. Business: Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota cases traced to three Trump campaign events.
  6. World: Putin mandates face masks.

McConnell: Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will help GOP retain Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.