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New York Reps. Tom Suozzi (D) and Peter King (R) will announce Thursday a bill that would introduce a federal tax on e-cigarettes and codify into law a ban on flavored e-cigarette and tobacco products.

Why it matters: It's the only bipartisan federal legislation that introduces a tax on e-cigarettes.

The legislation, branded as the Quell Underage Inhaling of Toxic Substances (QUITS) Act, would ...

  • Raise the federal tax on cigarettes from $1 per pack to $3 per pack.
  • Tax e-cigarette products at the equivalent of $3 per pack.
  • Increase the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health's budget to $500 million from $210 million.

What they're saying: "In New York state, where cigarettes are more expensive than anywhere in the country, our smoking rates and negative health effects are lower than in states where ... tobacco products do not cost as much," the pair of lawmakers said in a statement announcing the bill.

  • "We want to take the New York model and use it to improve health outcomes across the country."

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct Peter King's name.

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Americans reflect on Independence Day amid racism reckoning

A Black Lives Matter banner and a United States flag on the facade of the U.S. embassy building in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

America's leaders are rethinking how they view Independence Day, as the country reckons with the historic, unequal treatment of people of color during a pandemic which has disproportionately affected nonwhite Americans.

Why it matters: The country’s legacy of racism has come into sharp focus in the weeks of protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. From Confederate statues to Mount Rushmore, Americans are reexamining the symbols and traditions they elevate and the history behind them.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 11,031,905 — Total deaths: 523,777 — Total recoveries — 5,834,337Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 2,788,395 — Total deaths: 129,306 — Total recoveries: 790,404 — Total tested: 34,213,497Map.
  3. States: ICU beds in Arizona's hot spot reach near capacity.
  4. Public health: The states where face coverings are mandatory Fauci says it has been a "very disturbing week" for the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.
  5. Economy: The economy may recover just quickly enough to kill political interest in more stimulus.
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Washington Redskins to review team name amid public pressure

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The Washington Redskins have announced they will be conducting a review of the team's name after mounting pressure from the public and corporate sponsors.

Why it matters: This review is the first formal step the Redskins are taking since the debate surrounding the name first began. It comes after weeks of discussions between the team and the NFL, the team said.