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Calorie counts on Chipotle's menu board. Photo: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

Today is the deadline by which large chain restaurants — those with more than 20 locations — must display calorie counts on their menus or menu boards.

The context: It's a product of the Affordable Care Act, but the Trump administration has had to handle some of the implementation, thanks to lawsuits from the food industry.

  • Many large restaurant chains have already made this change, but a few have held out.
  • "Surveys show consumers overwhelmingly want this information. And many use it to improve their diets and health," Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement last week.

Yes, but: "Menu labeling may be taking our eye off the ball. By offering us what seems to be a solution, it may prevent us from trying other things that might work better," Indiana University professor Aaron Carroll wrote in the New York Times in 2015.

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Scoop: FDA chief called to West Wing

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has summoned FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to the West Wing for a 9:30am meeting Tuesday to explain why he hasn't moved faster to approve the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, two senior administration officials told Axios.

Why it matters: The meeting is shaping up to be tense, with Hahn using what the White House will likely view as kamikaze language in a preemptive statement to Axios: "Let me be clear — our career scientists have to make the decision and they will take the time that’s needed to make the right call on this important decision."

Scoop: Schumer's regrets

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Chuck Schumer told party donors during recent calls that the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fact that Cal Cunningham "couldn't keep his zipper up" crushed Democrats' chances of regaining the Senate, sources with direct knowledge of the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Democrats are hoping for a 50-50 split by winning two upcoming special elections in Georgia. But their best chance for an outright Senate majority ended when Cunningham lost in North Carolina and Sen. Susan Collins won in Maine.

Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns

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Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the White House coronavirus task force, handed in his resignation on Monday, according to three administration officials who discussed Atlas' resignation with Axios.

Why it matters: President Trump brought in Atlas as a counterpoint to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, whose warnings about the pandemic were dismissed by the Trump administration. With Trump now fixated on election fraud conspiracy theories, Atlas' detail comes to a natural end.

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