The House is moving toward a floor vote on an anti-sex-trafficking package that has been a major headache for internet companies.

Our thought bubble: If it passes, the package will be the first concrete legislation to come out of a renewed "techlash" in Washington. This is the end result of a year when Facebook and Google were putting out so many fires — on Russia and tech addiction and extremist content — that they weren't able to keep this one at bay.

What's happening: A key procedural committee said it will probably set up a vote on the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA) next week.

  • The plan is to combine that bill with Senate language that weakens the longstanding immunity for internet platforms from lawsuits related to user-generated content.
  • The Senate's version is called Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA).

The big question: Will the Senate language be modified from the version that passed a committee last year to make it more favorable to the online platform companies?

  • Currently, the only potential amendment listed for the bill does not include any of those modifications.
  • The trade group Internet Association, which represents Google and Facebook, backed a version of the Senate bill last year under significant pressure from outside groups and lawmakers. It also supported the House bill, which didn't go far enough for the lawmakers leading the charge in the Senate and was seen as toothless by trafficking victims' advocates.
  • Evan Engstrom, the director of the startup advocacy group Engine, opposes the effort. "Attaching SESTA to FOSTA does not add anything that will make it easier for prosecutors to stop bad actors online,” he says.

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In photos: Deadly wildfires devastate California's wine country

The Shady Fire ravages a home as it approaches Santa Rosa in Napa County, California, on Sept. 28. The blaze is part of the massive Glass Fire Complex, which has razed 46,600 acres at 2% containment. Photo: Samuel Corum/Agence France-Presse/AFP via Getty Images

Some 18,700 firefighters are battling 27 major blazes across California, including in the heart of the wine country, where one mega-blaze claimed the lives of three people and forced thousands of others to evacuate this week.

The big picture: 8,155 wildfires have burned across a record 3.86 million acres, killing 26 people and razing almost 7,900 structures in California in per Cal Fire. Just like the deadly fires of 2017, the wine country has become a wildfires epicenter. Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, and Shasta counties.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 a.m. ET: 33,560,877 — Total deaths: 1,006,564 — Total recoveries: 23,297,593Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 a.m. ET: 7,190,036 — Total deaths: 205,974— Total recoveries: 2,809,674 — Total tests: 103,155,189Map.
  3. Health: Americans won't take Trump's word on the vaccine, Axios-Ipsos poll finds.
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  5. States: NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June.
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  7. World: U.K. beats previous record for new coronavirus cases.
  8. Work: United States of burnout — Asian American unemployment spikes amid pandemic
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The first Trump v. Biden presidential debate was a hot mess

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This debate was like the country: Everybody’s talking. Nobody’s listening. Nothing is learned. It’s a mess.

  • We were told President Trump would be savage. Turned out, that was a gross understatement. Even the moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, got bulldozed.

Why it matters: Honestly, who the hell knows?