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Food banks and charities in the D.C. area are experiencing a steep decline in donations, making it harder for them to serve people in need, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Middle-class families are donating less than previously following a 2017 tax code change led by Republicans. Meant to streamline the tax filing process, the change actually reduced the benefits they used to get from charitable deductions, the Post writes. Smaller charities rely on local residents to donate.

  • Meanwhile, richer Americans are either continuing to donate at the same right or have increased their contributions to hospitals and universities, notes the Post.

By the numbers: Charitable giving in the U.S. dropped from $295 billion in 2017 to $292 billion in 2018, according to the Post.

Go deeper: Charitable giving declined in 2018 thanks in part to the GOP tax overhaul

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Justice Department sues Google over alleged search monopoly

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The Justice Department and 11 states Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets.

Why it matters: The long-awaited suit is Washington's first major blow against the tech giants that many on both the right and left argue have grown too large and powerful. Still, this is just step one in what could be a lengthy and messy court battle.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Americans feel Trump's sickness makes him harder to trustFlorida breaks record for in-person early voting.
  2. Health: The next wave is gaining steam.
  3. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots.
  4. World: Ireland moving back into lockdown — Argentina becomes 5th country to report 5 million infections.

In photos: Florida breaks record for in-person early voting

Voters wait in line at John F. Kennedy Public Library in Hialeah, Florida on Oct. 19. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images

More Floridians cast early ballots for the 2020 election on Monday than in the first day of in-person early voting in 2016, shattering the previous record by over 50,000 votes, Politico reports.

The big picture: Voters have already cast over 31 million ballots in early voting states as of Tuesday, per the U.S. Elections Project database by Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida.