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The federal government was forced to dedicate a team of records management analysts to tape together official papers that President Trump had ripped up — per aides, his "unofficial filing system" — in order to ensure that the administration adhered to federal law, according to a report from Politico's Annie Karni.

The details: Under federal law, the White House is required to preserve all memos, letters, emails and papers that the president touches and send them to the National Archives. The White House's records management team was abruptly downsized this year —and two career officials reached out to Politico to claim they were forced out of their positions, which led them to describe the substance of their work under Trump.

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Oil's turbulent long-term future

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The oil sector is facing risks from all sides.

Why it matters: Risk in the industry is nothing new. But these are especially turbulent and uncertain times. The industry's market clout has waned, the future of demand is kind of a mystery, and future U.S. policy is too, just to name three.

Meadows on Wray's voter fraud dismissal: "He has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail, during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Friday.

Why it matters: Meadows' statement highlights the Trump administration's strategy to sow doubt in November's election results by challenging the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which are expected to skew heavily in Democrats' favor.

The next cliff for the unemployed

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A program supporting Americans who are typically ineligible for unemployment benefits will expire at the end of the year, with millions still relying on it as the labor market sputters.

Why it matters: The result could be catastrophic for the economic recovery that Wall Street fears is already fragile.

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