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During the weekly Senate GOP leadership press conference, Mitch McConnell brushed off President Trump's Twitter suggestion over the weekend to kill the legislative filibuster, saying, "There are not the votes in the Senate as I've said repeatedly to the president and all of you to change the rules of the Senate. It would require 50 or 51 Republicans to agree to that. The votes are simply not there."

  • An admission: "It's pretty obvious that our problem on health care was not the Democrats. We didn't have 50 Republicans."
  • Tax reform: McConnell said that Republicans would take tax reform up when they come back after Labor Day with the goal of completing it this year — and it'll be done under reconciliation due to Democratic opposition.
  • Jeff Flake's criticism: "I haven't had a chance to read Jeff Flake's book, but I'm gonna do that."

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SurveyMonkey poll: Trump improves, but not enough

Trump and Biden during the final debate. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

President Trump's final debate performance exceeded Americans' expectations, but it wasn't enough to shift the dynamics that left him trailing Joe Biden across most measures, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."

Hunter Biden saga dominates online debate

Data: NewsWhip; Table: Axios Visuals

The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.

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