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From left, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) R-Fla., Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

House Republicans are six days away from unveiling the details of their tax plan, and just four days away from most GOP members getting to learn what's actually in it. But multiple sources familiar with the process say that there will indeed be proposed changes to the deductibility of corporate interest.

Why it matters: The move could eat into returns for many private equity and real estate investment funds, although the reduction won't be as deep as some had feared.

Specifics: The current talk is to reduce the current 100% deduction down to 70%, with an expectation that the extra 30% would be taxed at the new statutory corporate rate. There is an expectation that existing debt would be grandfathered in, and transition rules may include grandfathering for debt that is in process as of the Nov. 1 roll-out (if that last part proves out, expect a massive surge in leveraged loan soft launches).

Caveat: Interest deductibility is viewed by the GOP as one of its few remaining ways to pay for tax cuts, and the 70/30 plan was devised in concert with 401(k) caps. If the 401(k) plan gets scrapped over Trump's tweet threats, then it's possible the deductibility limit could climb.

Magic number is 25%: That's the statutory rate at which many LBO shops are said to believe the deducibility cuts would effectively balance out. Any lower (i.e., the floated 20%), then the private equity bigs view this as an overall win. Any higher, and returns will suffer.

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The president of New York City's firefighters union told reporters Wednesday that he's advised unvaccinated members to ignore Mayor Bill de Blasio's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers, per Reuters.

Why it matters: Under de Blasio's order that's due to take effect Friday, unvaccinated city employees would be placed on unpaid leave. But Uniformed Firefighters Association head Andrew Ansbro said he told members that "if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty," according to Reuters.

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The readily available antidepressant fluvoxamine significantly reduced COVID-related hospitalizations, according to a large study published Wednesday.

Why it matters: The clinical trial suggests that a cheap, readily available drug could dramatically reduce serious illness and death when prescribed early.

By the numbers: Catholics, Biden and abortion

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President Biden — the second Catholic U.S. president — will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, as some church leaders debate whether to deny Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

By the numbers: Overall, two in three U.S. Catholics believe Biden should be allowed to take Communion despite his stance on abortion, according to polling by Pew Research Center.