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Even though outside conservative groups don't think the Senate health care bill goes far enough in dismantling the Affordable Care Act, they're not opposing it. They're saying it can be improved. That gives Senate Republicans a little bit of breathing room: Conservatives' opposition to the House's initial health care bill was one of the earliest and clearest signs that it was in trouble.

  • Americans for Prosperity: Brent Gardner, the group's chief government affairs officer, said the group wants to "fully repeal Obamacare, including its costly regulations and mandates." He said it's "disappointed" but will keep working with the Senate "to improve its legislation."
  • Heritage: Three of its policy experts wrote that the Senate bill is better than the ACA, but "misses important opportunities" to rewrite the Medicaid rules and give healthy people more incentives to sign up for private health insurance.

Why it matters: These are some of the groups that pushed hardest for ACA repeal, and wavering Senate Republicans — especially the conservatives — will listen to them when deciding how to vote.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. ET: 34,124,948 — Total deaths: 1,016,723 — Total recoveries: 23,703,113Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. ET: 7,273,244 — Total deaths: 207,605 — Total recoveries: 2,840,747 — Total tests: 103,946,170Map.
  3. Politics: House prepares to pass revised COVID relief bill as White House talks hit roadblock — Biden to expand voter outreach with in-person canvassing amid pandemic.
  4. Health: Health officials urge flu shots, warning of "twindemic" with COVID-19 — Coronavirus infections rise in 25 states.
  5. Business: Remdesivir is good business for Gilead — Amazon says over 19,800 employees contracted coronavirus — Doomsday has arrived for tens of thousands of workers.

Doomsday has arrived for tens of thousands of workers

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Federal coronavirus aid for airlines expires on Thursday with no renewal in sight, meaning massive layoffs for the industry aren't far behind.

The big picture: Airline workers aren't alone on the unemployment line. Oil companies, tire manufacturers, book publishers and insurers are among those that have announced tens of thousands of layoffs. Federal aid through the CARES Act earlier this year delayed most layoffs — until now.

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How the brain handles the unknown

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Uncertainty can be hard for humans. It drives anxiety, an emotion neuroscientists are trying to understand and psychologists are trying to better treat.

Why it matters: Under the threat of a virus, job insecurity, election uncertainty, and a general pandemic life-in-limbo that is upending school, holidays and more, people are especially anxious.

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