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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continued to dodge questions on the timeline for — and even the existence of — the Senate's bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act at the GOP's weekly press conference this afternoon.

  • When the bill will be passed: "Well, you know, I'm not going to answer that with specificity. Our goal is to move forward quickly. The status quo is unsustainable. Something has to be done. Something has to be done soon."
  • When the public can see the bill: "We'll let you see the bill when we finally release it."
  • The bill's existence: "Look, we've been dealing with this issue for 7 years. It's not a new thing. We've spent a lot of time on it…Nobody's hiding the ball here, you're free to ask anyone anything."

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Americans have cast more than 47.1 million ballots in the 2020 presidential election, surpassing the total early-vote count for 2016 with 12 days left until Election Day, according to a Washington Post analysis of voting data.

Why it matters: The election is already underway, as many states have expanded early and mail-in voting options because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as “the big guy” or “the chairman” at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails. Hunter's former business partner Tony Bobulinski is expected to be a Trump debate guest.

The big picture: Trump's advisers universally view the first debate as a catastrophe — evidenced by a sharp plunge in Trump’s public and (more convincingly for them) private polling immediately following the debate.