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Sen. Bob Corker is still working on a "trigger" deal. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Republicans are still upset over the "unflattering" Congressional Budget Office estimate of their health care plan, which inspired them not to trust either of the major tax analyses that estimated at least $1 trillion would be added to the deficit, per NYT.

Why it matters: One of the most controversial aspects of the GOP tax plan has been how much it would cost. That issue didn't go away when Republicans passed their plan in the Senate last night. And Republicans don't have a plan to create enough revenue to offset the cost of their tax plan.

Various lawmakers (including Republican Sen. Bob Corker who voted against the plan), Goldman Sachs and Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve Chair, have all separately warned that adding even close to this much to our national deficit would increase it to "unsustainable" levels.

What they're saying, per NYT: "But many of [Corker's] colleagues greeted them with distrust, both because they expected tax cuts to generate more robust economic growth than the forecasters projected and because they felt burned by unflattering analyses of their health care proposals issued this year by the Congressional Budget Office."

By the numbers: Republicans initially estimated the GOP tax plan would increase the U.S. deficit by $1.5 trillion, and a Joint Committee on Taxation estimate calculated it would realistically add $1 trillion. A Congressional Budget Office estimate said it would add $1.4 trillion.

Go deeper: What's next in the GOP's tax reform push.

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Air quality alerts issued as California fires threaten more sequoias

The Windy Fire blazes through the Long Meadow Grove of giant sequoia trees near the Trail of 100 Giants in Sequoia National Forest, near California Hot Springs, on Tuesday. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Two wildfires were threatening California's sequoia trees over overnight, hours after authorities issued fresh evacuation orders and warnings, along with air quality alerts on Wednesday.

The big picture: Officials in the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley issued air quality alerts as smoke from the Windy and KNP Complex fires resulted in hazy, "ash-filled" skies from Fresno to Tulare, the Los Angeles Times notes.

Asymptomatic Florida students exposed to COVID no longer have to quarantine

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a September news conference in Viera, Fla. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Wednesday an emergency order allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if they're exposed to COVID-19, provided they're asymptomatic.

Why it matters: People infected with COVID-19 can spread the coronavirus starting from two days before they display symptoms, according to the CDC. Quarantine helps prevent the virus' spread.

Federal judge: Florida ban on sanctuary cities racially motivated

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down parts of a Florida law aimed at banning local governments from establishing sanctuary city policies, arguing in part that the law is racially motivated and that it has the support of hate groups.

Why it matters: In a 110-page ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom said the law — signed and championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — violates the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause because it was adopted with discriminatory motives.