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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on "Fox News Sunday" that President Trump did not have prior knowledge about the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, which took place the same evening Trump was negotiating a trade war truce with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit.

Why it matters: The arrest and pending extradition of Meng in Canada for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran could have implications for Trump's trade war with China. With tensions already running high, experts tell Axios that China could retaliate against American businesses, especially if there are additional moves against Huawei from the U.S. executive branch.

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Amy Coney Barrett's immediate impact

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In her first week on the job, Amy Coney Barrett may be deciding which votes to count in the presidential election. By her third week, she’ll be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Where it stands: The Senate votes on Barrett’s nomination tomorrow. If she’s confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to swear her in at the Supreme Court within hours, an administration official tells Axios.

Texas Democrats beg Biden to spend now

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The Biden campaign is rebuffing persistent pleas from Texas Democrats to spend at least $10 million in the Lone Star state, several people familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: If Texas — which has 38 electoral votes and is steadily getting more blue, but hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976 — flipped to the Biden column, it would be game over. But the RealClearPolitics polling average stubbornly hovers at +2.6 for Trump — and Team Biden appears more focused on closer targets.