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Smuggling gangs in Mexico have been using power tools to saw through new parts of President Trump's border wall, making openings for people and drug loads to pass through, according to the Washington Post.

Why it matters: The border wall was one of Trump's significant policies and rallying cries during the campaign, and it is "a physical symbol of his presidency, touting its construction progress in speeches, ads and tweets," the Post writes.

Details: Smugglers have used a household tool called a reciprocating saw that sells at hardware stores for about $100, the Post reports, citing U.S. agents and officials. The tool's blade can slice through the barrier's steel in minutes.

  • They have also used ladders to go atop the barriers in areas around San Diego, per the Post.

Of note: The Post obtained data that shows the administration has completed 2% of the 166 miles of planned barrier construction at the border. Nearly all of the planned construction would take place on private land the government hasn't obtained.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Chris Christie: Wear a mask "or you may regret it — as I did" — Senate Democrats block vote on McConnell's targeted relief bill.
  2. Business: New state unemployment filings fall.
  3. Economy: Why the stimulus delay isn't a crisis (yet).
  4. Health: FDA approves Gilead's remdesivir as a coronavirus treatment How the pandemic might endMany U.S. deaths were avoidable.
  5. Education: Boston and Chicago send students back home for online learning.
  6. World: Spain and France exceed 1 million cases.

Early voting eclipses 2016 total with 12 days until election

People stand in line to vote early in Fairfax, Virginia in September. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Americans have cast more than 47.1 million ballots in the 2020 presidential election, surpassing the total early-vote count for 2016 with 12 days left until Election Day, according to a Washington Post analysis of voting data.

Why it matters: The election is already underway, as many states have expanded early and mail-in voting options because of the coronavirus pandemic.

What to expect from the final debate of the 2020 election

Trump and Biden at the first debate. Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Image

Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as “the big guy” or “the chairman” at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails. Hunter's former business partner Tony Bobulinski is expected to be a Trump debate guest.

The big picture: Trump's advisers universally view the first debate as a catastrophe — evidenced by a sharp plunge in Trump’s public and (more convincingly for them) private polling immediately following the debate.