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Stanford University researchers released a study this week finding that gunshot wounds led to more than $6.6 billion in hospitalization costs from 2006 to 2014 — or an average of $735 million per year. And the researchers said those numbers are "just the tip of the iceberg," since they do not include the costs of when gunshot victims are in the emergency room or are readmitted to the hospital later.

Why this matters: Most health care professionals, including U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, consider gun violence a public health problem. Tackling the issue is politically difficult, but as the study's lead author said in a news release: "Cost information can be especially helpful when making health policy decisions."

And this affects all taxpayers: More than 64% of gun-related hospital costs are tied to patients who have Medicare, Medicaid or no health insurance.

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Trump threatens to post "60 Minutes" interview early after reportedly walking out

Trump speaks to reporters aboard Air Force One, Oct. 19. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he was considering posting his interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" prior to airtime in order to show "what a FAKE and BIASED interview" it was, following reports that he abruptly ended the interview after 45 minutes of taping.

Why it matters: Trump has escalated his war on the media in the final stretch of his re-election campaign, calling a Reuters reporter a "criminal" this week for not reporting on corruption allegations about Hunter Biden and disparaging CNN as "dumb b*stards" for the network's ongoing coronavirus coverage.

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McConnell urges White House not to strike stimulus deal before election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has urged White House negotiators not to cut a deal with Democrats on new coronavirus stimulus before the election.

Driving the news: McConnell informed Senate Republicans of the move at a closed-door lunch on Tuesday, two people familiar with his remarks tell Axios. McConnell's remarks were first reported by the Washington Post.