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Broadcom and private equity firm Silver Lake have partnered on a $17.9 billion offer for the semiconductor unit of Japan's Toshiba Corp., according to the Nikkei business daily. At least 10 other suitors are circling the business ― both strategics and financials ― with Toshiba reportedly wanting to sign a deal before its annual shareholder meeting in June.

History: Silver Lake currently holds around a 0.4% stake in Broadcom, related to an earlier investment in Avago Technologies (which then bought Broadcom for $37 billion, but kept the target's name). Actually it was Silver Lake's second investment in Avago, having helped form the original company via the purchase of Agilent's chip business and then exiting after an IPO. Yes, Silver Lake double-dipped the chip.

Bottom line: Toshiba is selling its chip biz, in large part, to help cover write-offs from its Westinghouse nuclear unit, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week.

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Biden enters final stretch with huge cash advantage over Trump

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had $177.3 million in the bank at the end of September, per the latest Federal Election Commission filings.

Why it matters: President Trump's re-election campaign reported having $63.1 million in the bank at the end of last month.

Of note: Trump was well ahead of Biden earlier in the year.

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Court allows North Carolina mail-in ballots deadline extension

An absentee ballot election worker stuffs ballot applications at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections office in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

North Carolina can accept absentee ballots that are postmarked Nov. 3 on Election Day until Nov. 12, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday in a 12-3 majority ruling.

Why it matters: The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling against state and national Republican leaders settles a lawsuit brought by a group representing retirees, and it could see scores of additional votes counted in the key battleground state.