Trump's pick for the head of Homeland Security has some notable breaks with the incoming administration. Some of Gen. John F. Kelly biggest disagreements with Trump, per the NYT:

  • He's called out Russia as a threat to United States leadership, stating that Vladimir Putin has restarted Cold War tactics in the Western Hemisphere.
  • His notably moderate approach to border security, supporting increased foreign aid to bolster education and human rights in Central America.

Why it matters: Kelly headed the United States Southern Command, which covers Central and South America and the Caribbean, so he knows his stuff about the security threats facing our southern border. As a former military man, he's got friends on both sides of the aisle, so he'll be confirmed with ease — potentially becoming a moderating voice for a vital plank of Trump's foreign policy.

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Senate advances Amy Coney Barrett nomination, setting up final confirmation vote

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The Senate voted 51-48 on Sunday to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, setting up a final confirmation vote for Monday.

Why it matters: It's now virtually inevitable that the Senate will vote to confirm President Trump's third Supreme Court nominee before the election, which is just nine days away.

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Wall Street is living up to its bad reputation

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Recent headlines will have you convinced that Wall Street is hell-bent on living up to all of its stereotypes.

Driving the news: Goldman Sachs is the biggest and the boldest, paying more than $5 billion in fines in the wake of the 1MDB scandal, in which billions were stolen from the people of Malaysia.

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Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after COVID exposure puts others at risk

Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said "the short answer is yes" when asked whether Vice President Mike Pence is putting others at risk by continuing to campaign after several aides tested positive for COVID-19, stressing that the White House needs to be "very explicit about the risks that they're taking."

Why it matters: The New York Times reports that at least five members of Pence's inner circle, including his chief of staff Marc Short and outside adviser Marty Obst, have tested positive for the virus. Pence tested negative on Sunday morning, according to the VP's office, and he'll continue to travel for the final stretch of the 2020 campaign.