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Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) to the Charleston Gazette, on claims that he makes policy choices eyeing re-election in 2018:

"I don't give a s--t, you understand? I just don't give a s--t. Don't care if I get elected, don't care if I get defeated, how about that. If they think because I'm up for election, that I can be wrangled into voting for s--t that I don't like and can't explain, they're all crazy."

Background: Manchin was one of three Democratic senators who refused to sign a letter establishing their party's main policy points regarding tax reform. He told the Gazette that while he agreed with the policy points presented, he wanted the opportunity to garner support from Republican leaders and not shut out compromise.

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Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue

Joe Biden speaks Friday about "The Biden Plan to Beat COVID-19," at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

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The murder hornets are here

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Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.