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Candidates at the Democratic debate in Detroit. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

More than 8 million people tuned into Night 1 of the second round of Democratic primary debates for the 2020 cycle, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen.

Why it matters: It was a significantly smaller audience than that of the first round of debates that aired in June — which drew 15.3 million viewers on Night 1, while the second totaled 18.1 million viewers.

Yes, but: Those debates aired live across 3 networks: MSNBC, NBC and Telemundo.

Between the lines: CNN says this was its second-highest Democratic debate for live viewership on record, next to its October 2015 Democratic debate in Las Vegas. It says it was also its second most-watched debate on livestream.

Go deeper: First 2020 primary debate breaks viewership records

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President-elect Joe Biden should anticipate major and minor conflicts in space from even the earliest days of his presidency.

The big picture: President Donald Trump's military and civil space policies are well-documented, but Biden's record and views on space are less clear.

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Bipartisan group of senators unveils $908 billion COVID stimulus proposal

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in the Capitol in 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday proposed a $908 billion coronavirus stimulus package, in one of the few concrete steps toward COVID relief made by Congress in several months.

Why it matters: Recent data shows that the economic recovery is floundering as coronavirus cases surge and hospitals threaten to be overwhelmed heading into what is likely to be a grim winter.