Good morning. RIP to "Bachelor in Paradise" Season 6, which got me through the August doldrums. Congrats to everyone who, like me, gets 4 hours of their life back every week.

Situational awareness:

  • Hospitals won a major victory in court last night: A federal judge threw out a regulation slashing Medicare payments for routine checkups in doctors' clinics that are owned by hospitals, Axios' Bob Herman reports.
  • New York has become the second state to ban flavored e-cigarettes, Axios' Orion Rummler reports.

Today's word count is 1,039 words, or ~4 minutes.