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Top Senate Democrats have a suggestion for Republicans on how to use the extra time on the Senate health care bill: Hold some hearings on it. "We request that you use this additional time to hold public hearings so that Senators can invite impartial experts, including patients, to testify on the policies in the bill," Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sens. Patty Murray and Ron Wyden wrote in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this morning.

They especially want more scrutiny of what they call the "radically conservative" provision by Sen. Ted Cruz to allow health insurers to sell plans that don't comply with Affordable Care Act regulations as long as they also sell plans that do.

Reality check: It's unlikely that Republicans will take them up on the request. But they're going to face increasing pressure to justify why they can't have hearings, given that they might be waiting for weeks for Sen. John McCain to recover from surgery.

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Biden releases 2019 tax returns ahead of debate

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Joe Biden's campaign released his 2019 tax returns on Tuesday, showing that he and his wife, Jill, paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes last year.

Why it matters: The release, timed just hours before the first presidential debate, comes days after a bombshell New York Times report said that President Trump paid only $750 in federal taxes in 2016 and 2017. Biden's team is hoping to make the tax contrast a sticking point during their showdown tonight.

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NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June

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New York City's coronavirus positivity rate has ticked up to 3.25%, its highest since June, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The jump — from 1.93% on Monday — came on the first day that public elementary classrooms reopened in the city after months of closures, but guidelines state that all public schools will have to shut if the citywide seven-day positivity rate stays above 3%.