The Washington headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

In a win for the broadcasting industry, the FCC voted Thursday along party lines to lift limits on media consolidation.

Why it matters: It's FCC chairman Ajit Pai's latest move to deregulate the media industry after a year in which he has regularly been accused by Democrats of trying to aid the right-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is trying to buy Tribune Media.

The details:

  • The agency repealed the ban on owning a television station and newspaper in the same market, and a similar rule for owning TV and radio stations.
  • The FCC will also be able to waive a prohibition on owning two of the top four stations in a single market.

What's next?: The move will likely be challenged in court.

Go deeper: We wrote earlier this week about why this has been a great year for broadcasters in Washington. The agency also voted on Thursday to allow broadcasters to use a new technical standard that will let them track viewer data for ad targeting purposes.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 33,217,895 — Total deaths: 999,273 — Total recoveries: 22,975,269Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 7,128,774 — Total deaths: 204,881 — Total recoveries: 2,766,280 — Total tests: 101,298,794Map.
  3. States: Cuomo extends New York moratorium on evictions until 2021.
  4. Business: Companies are still holding back earnings guidance.
  5. Health: The childless vaccine — Why kids get less severe coronavirus infections.
  6. World: India the second country after U.S. to hit 6 million cases.
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Digging into Trump's taxes

President Trump paid no federal income tax in 10 of the past 15 years, and just $750 in 2016 and 2017, according to a new report from the New York Times. He also is reported to have hundreds of millions of dollars in outstanding debts, most of which would come due during a second term.

Axios Re:Cap focuses on what is and isn't surprising about the revelations, plus how real estate developers are taxed, with Francine McKenna, an independent financial journalist and certified public accountant.

Pennsylvania GOP asks Supreme Court to halt mail-in ballot extension

Applications for mail-in ballots in Reading, Pennsylvania. Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

Republicans in Pennsylvania on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a major state court ruling that extended the deadlines for mail-in ballots to several days after the election, The Morning Call reports.

Why it matters: It's the first election-related test for the Supreme Court since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and could decide the fate of thousands of ballots in a crucial swing state that President Trump won in 2016. What the court decides could signal how it would deal with similar election-related litigation in other states.

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