Sen. Lindsay Graham told ABC's This Week on Sunday that he thinks the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal will get the 50 votes needed to pass. And while Senators Rand Paul and Susan Collins reiterated that they're currently in the "no" column, Paul didn't rule out a "yes" vote on a modified bill.

Worth noting: President Trump said he's hopeful Paul will "come around" and vote yes on Graham-Cassidy at a Friday evening rally in Huntsville, Alabama, but Paul told NBC's Chuck Todd the bill is "a bad idea." Then he added: "If they narrow their focus to the things we all agree on ... sure I'd be for that."

But, but, but: Paul is opposed to the block grant system proposed in the bill, a centerpiece of the proposal. So he'd only vote "yes" on a much different bill.

Where things stand: Collins and John McCain are no's — they want bipartisan hearings. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted "no" on the last proposal and hasn't made her position public this time around, but a source told CNN's Jake Tapper they think she could be persuaded to vote support it. That leaves a sliver of hope for the GOP ahead of the September 30 deadline.

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China says U.S. is "endangering peace" with high-level visit to Taiwan

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during a June briefing in Washington, DC. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Tuesday night he will lead a delegation to Taiwan "in the coming days."

Why it matters: It's the highest-level visit by a U.S. cabinet official to Taiwan since 1979. Azar is also the first U.S. Cabinet member to visit the island state in six years. The visit has angered China, which views Taiwan as part of its territory. Chinese officials accused the U.S. early Wednesday of "endangering peace" with the visit, AFP reports.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 18,543,662 — Total deaths: 700,714 — Total recoveries — 11,143,031Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 4,771,236 — Total deaths: 156,807 — Total recoveries: 1,528,979 — Total tests: 57,543,852Map.
  3. States: New York City health commissioner resigns in protest of De Blasio's coronavirus response — Local governments go to war over schools.
  4. Public health: 59% of Americans support nationwide 2-week stay-at-home order in NPR poll.
  5. Politics: Trump's national security adviser returns to work after coronavirus recovery Republicans push to expand small business loan program.
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At least 100 killed, 4,000 injured after massive explosion rocks Beirut

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A major explosion has slammed central Beirut, Lebanon, damaging buildings as far as several miles away and injuring scores of people.

Driving the news: At least 100 people have been killed and over 4,000 injured in the blast — and the death toll is likely to rise, the Lebanese Red Cross said, per AP. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the explosions occurred at a warehouse that had been storing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for the past six years.