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Almost 40% of all U.S. universities have had a decrease this year in international student applications, particularly those from the Middle East, according to a survey released this week by the Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. And prospective international students have already expressed concern for anti-Muslim attitudes — attributed to the "Trump effect," the New York Times reported.

$$: International students bring more than $32 billion a year into the U.S. economy, according to NYT.

Big Picture: There is still a steady rise in the number of international students coming to the U.S — more than one million of them last year. Some schools have seen an increase in international students, like NYU and USC.

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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, as campaigning enters the final stretch ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.

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North Carolina can accept absentee ballots that are postmarked Nov. 3, 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.