Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and President Donald Trump speak during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy at the White House. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Amid the backlash from Trump allies over the President’s reported “shithole” countries comments at an immigration meeting, Sen. Dick Durbin told reporters today that he “know what happened" and "stand behind every word that I said.” The Illinois Democrat also said reports saying White House officials are debating internally whether the President said 'shithole' or 'shithouse’ does not change "the impact” his racially-charged rhetoric had caused.

The backdrop: Durbin was at the bipartisan immigration meeting at the Oval Office last week, when Trump reportedly called Haiti and African nations 'shithole’ countries. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has also indicated that reports of Trump's remarks are true.

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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.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2:15 p.m. ET: 33,454,037 — Total deaths: 1,003,571 — Total recoveries: 23,204,219Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2:15 p.m. ET: 7,165,067 — Total deaths: 205,476 — Total recoveries: 2,794,608 — Total tests: 102,342,416Map.
  3. Health: Americans won't take Trump's word on the vaccine, Axios-Ipsos poll finds.
  4. States: NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June.
  5. Sports: Tennessee Titans close facility amid NFL's first coronavirus outbreak.
  6. World: U.K. beats previous record for new coronavirus cases.

NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images

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%.