WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP

Alexander Nix — CEO of Cambridge Analytica, a data analysis and targeting firm used by the Trump campaign — reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about "somehow helping [him] release Clinton's missing emails," the Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff reports. The 33,000 missing emails were a common talking point for President Trump on the campaign trail.

Why it matters: This is the closest connection between Trump's campaign and Assange that has come to light. Assange confirmed "an approach by Cambridge Analytica" to the Daily Beast and added that WikiLeaks turned them away.

The Trump campaign statement on the report says the campaign partnered with the RNC on data, and doesn't mention Assange.

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The fight over fracking

Fracking has become a flashpoint in the election's final week, particularly in Pennsylvania where both President Trump and Joe Biden made stops on Monday. But much of the political rhetoric has ignored that the industry has gone from boom to bust, beset by layoffs, bankruptcies and fire-sale mergers.

Axios Re:Cap digs into the state of fracking, and what it means for the future of American energy, with Bob McNally, president of Rapidan Energy Group.

Democrats sound alarm on mail-in votes

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Democrats are calling a last-minute audible on mail-in voting after last night's Supreme Court ruling on Wisconsin.

Driving the news: Wisconsin Democrats and the Democratic secretary of state of Michigan are urging voters to return absentee ballots to election clerks’ offices or drop boxes. They are warning that the USPS may not be able to deliver ballots by the Election Day deadline.

Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere sentenced to life in prison

Carts full of court documents related to the U.S. v. Keith Raniere case arrive at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in May 2019. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere, 60, was sentenced to 120 years in prison on Tuesday in federal court for sex trafficking among other crimes, the New York Times reports.

Catch up quick: Raniere was convicted last summer with sex trafficking, conspiracy, sexual exploitation of a child, racketeering, forced labor and possession of child pornography. His so-called self-improvement workshops, which disguised rampant sexual abuse, were popular among Hollywood and business circles.