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  1. Health and Human Services released a memo saying agency employees shouldn't communicate with members of Congress or their staff without consulting the Assistant Secretary for Legislation and without noting federal whistleblower protections.
  2. West Virginia reporter Dan Heyman was arrested with a $5,000 bail last night after pressing HHS secretary Tom Price to answer questions on whether domestic violence would be considered a preexisting condition under the GOP health care bill.
  3. The deadline for several Trump aides to turn in a list of their contacts with Russia to the Senate Intelligence Committee was yesterday.
  4. Chelsea Manning wrote her first letter since clemency yesterday, after Obama commuted her sentence in January.
  5. 8 Democratic senators called for an investigation into Trump adviser Carl Icahn for violating trading laws and using his position to benefit one of the businesses in his control, according to NYT.

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

Friedman (L) with Netanyahu. Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images

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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Coronavirus dashboard

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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.