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Senate will vote on criminal justice reform bill this month

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the Senate will vote this month on a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, which has been publicly endorsed by President Trump but opposed by some hardline conservatives.

Why it matters: McConnell has said he would only bring the bill to the floor if it had the votes to pass. The bill has continued to gather support among both parties over the past few weeks and is almost certain to pass the Senate, but will have to go back through the House before reaching the president's desk. McConnell said members should "be prepared to work between Christmas and New Year's if necessary in order to complete our work."

Suicide hits rural America the hardest

Adapted from Centers for Disease Control; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Suicide rates have been steadily rising over the past several years throughout the U.S., but the trend has hit rural areas the hardest, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between the lines: There's no one explanation for the trend. Having less access to mental and behavioral health experts, not seeing as much of the economic recovery, or even a tendency not be as quick to seek help could contribute to the higher rates of suicide in rural America, Dr. Jane Pearson, chair of NIMH’s Suicide Research Consortium, told Axios.

Elon Musk on impulsiveness: "I'm just being me"

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Elon Musk. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted that he is "somewhat impulsive" in an interview with Lesley Stahl for "60 Minutes." When asked what he felt about being called erratic or unstable, he said, "I'm just being me."

Background: Over the past several months, Musk came under fire for starting Twitter wars, calling one of the divers working to rescue the Thai soccer team from a cave a "pedo" and smoking weed during a podcast. "I mean, I was certainly under insane stress and crazy, crazy hours," Musk said in the interview. "But the system would have failed if I was truly erratic."

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