"A teacher rebellion that started in the hills of West Virginia spread like a prairie fire to Oklahoma this week and now threatens to reach the desert in Arizona," AP's Sean Murphy reports from Oklahoma City.

Why it matters: "Many GOP-led states are feeling the pushback after years of tax cuts that have slashed funding for core government services."

  • "In the deep red state of Oklahoma, the Republican-led Legislature approved money for teacher raises and more school funding, even [reversing a tax cut and] hiking taxes on the vaunted oil and gas industry to do it."
  • "Oklahoma teachers were inspired by West Virginia, another red state where a 9-day strike led to 5-percent teacher raises."
  • "Now, teachers in Arizona thronged their GOP-run Capitol this week, demanding a 20 percent teacher pay hike."

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Senate passes bill funding government through December

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The Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to fund the federal government through Dec. 11, by a vote of 84-10.

Where it stands: The legislation will avert a government shutdown before funding expires Wednesday night and before the Nov. 3 election. The House passed the same measure last week by a vote of 359-57 after House Democrats and the Trump administration agreed on the resolution.

  • Both sides agreed early in negotiations that the bill should be a "clean" continuing resolution — meaning each party would only make small changes to existing funding levels so the measure would pass through both chambers quickly, Axios' Alayna Treene reported last week. The bill now goes to President Trump for signature.
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The age of engineering life begins

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Synthetic biology startups raised some $3 billion through the first half of 2020, up from $1.9 billion for all of 2019, as the field brings the science of engineering to the art of life.

The big picture: Synthetic biologists are gradually learning how to program the code of life the way that computer experts have learned to program machines. If they can succeed — and if the public accepts their work — synthetic biology stands to fundamentally transform how we live.

Biden will allow lobbyists to join transition team

Biden speaks at a campaign stop at Pittsburgh Union Station Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Joe Biden's presidential transition office will allow lobbyists to help shape his potential administration, but will require them to receive a waiver to participate if they engaged in lobbying activity in the last twelve months.

Why it matters: Presidential transition teams are instrumental in establishing a new administration, and the rules that govern them are often a template for the ethics guidelines that the new administration imposes after the inauguration.

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