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President Trump tweeted this morning:

"I am reading that the great border WALL will cost more than the government originally thought, but I have not gotten involved in the........design or negotiations yet. When I do, just like with the F-35 FighterJet or the Air Force One Program, price will come WAY DOWN!"

The background: the estimated price tag of Trump's wall keeps getting higher and higher, as Axios noted last month. It's gone from $4 billion in 2015 (Trump) all the way up to Homeland Security saying nearly $22 billion in a report released by Reuters on Friday. That's not even the ceiling, as MIT estimates it will cost between $27-40 billion.

Why it matters: Trump is hoping that the public will trust him enough not to revolt against a potentially shocking price tag, enabling Congress to build the wall without a political mess. And he thinks the examples of the F-35 fighter and Air Force One will get him across that finish line.

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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.

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