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Senate Republicans got some good news from the health insurance industry today, as Anthem said their health care bill would help stabilize the insurance markets and reduce costs.

What they said: In a statement, the insurer said the bill "will markedly improve the stability of the individual market and moderate premium increases through substantial stability funding, appropriating cost sharing reduction funds, aligning premium subsidies with premium costs, and eliminating the health insurance tax which alone would result in a 3-5% premium decrease for our fully insured members."

Why it matters: The endorsement of one of the major national health insurers is a morale booster for Senate Republicans, given that nearly all of the major medical industry groups have come out against it, including the American Medical Association today.

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Hurricane Zeta makes landfall on Louisiana coast as Category 2 storm

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Hurricane Zeta is "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi with life-threatening storm surge, high winds, and heavy rain," per the National Hurricane Center.

What's happening: The hurricane was producing maximum sustained winds of nearly 110 mph and stronger gusts after making landfall on the southeastern coast of Louisiana as a Category 2 storm earlier Wednesday.

Supreme Court rejects GOP push to cut absentee ballot deadline in N.C.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request by Republicans to shorten North Carolina's deadline for mail-in ballots from nine to three days.

The big picture: This is the latest of a series of decisions over mail-in ballot deadlines in various states.

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