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U.S. employers would have a tough enough time filling empty positions, as the unemployment rate sits at the historically low level of 4.3%. But the New York Times reports, their struggles are compounded by increased use of marijuana and opiates, a habit that businesses with relatively dangerous workplaces cannot abide.

Manufacturer Columbiana Boiler Company told the Times that it forgoes close to $1 million annually in sales because it can't find qualified workers who can also pass a drug test, despite paying between $15 and $25 per hour and requiring little formal education.

Why it matters: It's not just the opioid epidemic that is keeping many workers from passing drug tests, but increased use of marijuana as well. Manufacturing companies in particular can't hire marijuana users even if they want to, as even casual users of the drug can test positive for it.

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Murkowski says she'll vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Saturday that she'll vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, despite her opposition to the process that's recently transpired.

The big picture: Murkowski's decision leaves Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) as the only Republican expected to vote against Barrett.

Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue

Joe Biden speaks Friday about "The Biden Plan to Beat COVID-19," at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

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