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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow confirmed reports that President Trump will ask Congress for $8.6 billion in additional funding to build a border wall as part of his 2020 budget proposal.

Why it matters: The request, first reported by Reuters on Sunday, will certainly provoke another partisan slugfest over wall funding, which led to a historic government shutdown earlier this year and a national emergency declaration after Trump failed to secure funds. The proposal will include $5 billion in funding for the Department of Homeland Security to continue building sections of the wall and $3.6 billion for the Pentagon’s military construction budget, according to Reuters.

In a statement responding to the proposal, Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said: "Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. We hope he learned his lesson."

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Gulf Coast braces for Zeta after storm strengthens into hurricane

Hurricane Zeta's forecast path. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency Monday as Zeta strengthened into a hurricane and threatened Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as it moved towards the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The state of play: Zeta was expected to make landfall on the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Monday night, bringing with it a "dangerous storm surge" and "heavy rainfall" as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Service said.

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  2. Health: 13 states set single-day case records last week
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  4. Education: The dangerous instability of school re-openings.
  5. World: Restrictions grow across Europe.
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Supreme Court rejects request to extend Wisconsin absentee ballot deadline

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The Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision Monday rejected an effort by Wisconsin Democrats and civil rights groups to extend the state's deadline for counting absentee ballots to six days after Election Day, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3.

Why it matters: All ballots must now be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in Wisconsin, a critical swing state in the presidential election.