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President Trump, Mike Pence and other GOP leaders pulled out all the stops yesterday in attempts to persuade 20 or so Republican lawmakers to vote for the repeal and replace plan on Thursday, NYT reports. Trump even promised to consider reversing Obama's opening with Cuba if Representative Mario Diaz-Balart from Florida voted for the bill.

In a private meeting, Trump threatened congressmen would lose their seats if they didn't vote "yes," but as of today, he still hasn't locked down the votes in the House.

Why it matters: Both parties almost always cut deals to get those last few votes, but Democrats got hammered for the deals they made to pass Obamacare. Now the GOP dealmaking is on display -- and there's probably going to be more leading up to tomorrow's Trumpcare vote.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage" Axios-Ipsos poll: Federal response has only gotten worse.
  2. Health: Hospitals face a crush — 13 states set single-day case records last week.
  3. Business: Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota cases traced to three Trump campaign events.
  6. World: Putin mandates face masks.

McConnell: Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will help GOP retain Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.

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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.