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Vox's Sarah Kliff picks up on a new development in the Zombie Trumpcare talks: The Freedom Caucus has narrowed the demands for its support, but they'd still have a huge impact on health care. In a meeting with the Washington Examiner editorial board yesterday, Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows said the group is now asking for just two Obamacare requirements to be repealed: the "essential health benefits" requirements, and the "community rating" rule — which prevents insurers from charging sick people more than healthy people.

Why it matters: As Kliff correctly points out, getting rid of those two requirements "would decimate Obamacare and its insurance reforms." The Trump administration had already offered to get rid of the essential benefit requirements, but throwing in the rating rule means sick people could be priced out of the health insurance market, as they were before Obamacare.

Yes, but: It's not really a new demand from the Freedom Caucus. It's actually less than what they were asking before — they originally wanted all of Obamacare's insurance regulations wiped out. From their point of view, they're compromising by allowing the rest of what they consider an expensive Obamacare regulatory framework to stay in place. That shows you just how far the gap is between the conservatives and everyone else — which is why Zombie Trumpcare isn't going anywhere for a while.

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3 dead and thousands evacuated as Northern California fires explode

A building at the Meadowood Napa Valley luxury resort burns after the Glass Fire moved through the area on September 28, 2020 in St. Helena, California. Photo: by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Three people have died in a wildfire in Northern California and tens of thousands were evacuated across the state, as firefighters contended with strong winds and dry conditions that saw blazes explode across the state on Monday.

Driving the news: Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini confirmed the deaths occurred as the Zogg Fire spread across 15,000 acres, forcing the evacuation of 1,200 people. More than for 5o,000 people, per AP.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 33,273,720 — Total deaths: 1,000,555 — Total recoveries: 23,056,480Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 7,147,241 — Total deaths: 205,031 — Total recoveries: 2,794,608 — Total tests: 102,342,416Map.
  3. Business: Companies are still holding back earnings guidance.
  4. Health: Trump announces plan to distribute 150 million rapid tests —The childless vaccine.
  5. Media: Fauci: Some of what Fox News reports about COVID-19 is "outlandish"
  6. States: Cuomo extends New York moratorium on evictions until 2021.
  7. World: More than 1 million people have now died from coronavirus — India the second country after U.S. to hit 6 million cases.
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Global coronavirus death toll crosses 1 million

Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The global toll of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 crossed 1 million on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

By the numbers: More than half of those deaths have come in four countries: the U.S. (204,762), Brazil (141,741), India (95,542) and Mexico (76,430). The true global death toll is likely far higher.