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The new Senate health bill would drastically affect children who depend on Medicaid to cover their special medical needs, even though Senate Republicans tried to shield them, reports Kaiser Health News. The legislation would exempt many young recipients from the new, highly-restrictive Medicaid spending caps that are applied on a per-person basis — but as many as 4 million wouldn't qualify the way the exemption is written.

What's at stake: Children with special conditions, such as those with cystic fibrosis, autism, and Down syndrome, would be subject to the cuts determined by their state, who are already under mounting financial pressure.

Why it matters: Advocacy groups weren't thrilled with the exemption in the first place -- they didn't want to see some vulnerable people being protected from Medicaid spending limits while others weren't. But this piece provides fresh evidence that the exemption wouldn't even shield all of the children it was trying to reach.

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How "naked ballots" could upend mail-in voting in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered state officials last week to throw out mail-in ballots submitted without a required inner "secrecy" envelope in November's election, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The state of play: The decision went under the radar alongside the simultaneous decision to extend the time that mail-in ballots could be counted, but Philadelphia's top elections official warned state legislators this week that throwing out so-called "naked ballots" could bring "electoral chaos" to the state and cause "tens of thousands of votes" to be thrown out — potentially tipping the presidential election.

Commission releases topics for first presidential debate

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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has selected what topics he'll cover while moderating the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden next week.

What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday. Each topic will receive 15 minutes of conversation and will be presented in no particular order.

Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Fed Chair Jay Powell bump elbows before House hearing on Tuesday. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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