Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with a net worth in the hundreds of millions, said on CNBC that he doesn't "quite understand why" federal workers are going to food banks while on furlough.

The big picture: The White House's top economist Kevin Hassett said on CNN yesterday there could be "zero" growth in the U.S. economy if the shutdown lasts through the end of the first quarter. Now, Ross is downplaying the economic effect the 800,000 federal workers have while on furlough, saying they should borrow from a bank or credit union for money instead.

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  1. Politics: McConnell urges White House not to strike stimulus deal before election — Republican senators defend Fauci as Trump escalates attacks.
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  3. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots — University of Michigan students ordered to shelter-in-place.
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Biden has huge cash advantage over Trump as Election Day nears

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had $177.3 million in the bank at the end of September, per the latest Federal Election Commission filings.

Why it matters: President Trump's re-election campaign reported having $63.1 million in the bank at the end of last month, as campaigning enters the final stretch ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.

Court allows North Carolina mail-in ballots deadline extension

An absentee ballot election worker stuffs ballot applications at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections office in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

North Carolina can accept absentee ballots that are postmarked Nov. 3, Election Day, until Nov. 12, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday in a 12-3 majority ruling.

Why it matters: The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling against state and national Republican leaders settles a lawsuit brought by a group representing retirees, and it could see scores of additional votes counted in the key battleground state.

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