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At a CNN town hall Monday night, Paul Ryan said, "I believe it's going to be far easier for us to do tax reform than it was for, say, health care reform."

Our thought bubble: His rationale was that Senate rules won't present the kind of roadblocks they did on health care, but there's a reason comprehensive tax reform has repeatedly stalled, as Ryan well knows. It's a huge lift.

  • On Charlottesville: "He messed up on Tuesday." Ryan was hesitant to condemn Trump's response as anything more than "morally ambiguous" until pressed by Jake Tapper.
  • On Trump's Afghanistan plan: "I'm pleased with the decision. I'm actually pleased with the way he went about making this decision."
  • On Trump's tweets: "Do I wish there would be a little less tweeting? Of course I do. But I don't think it's going to change."

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Former officer who shot Breonna Taylor indicted on wanton endangerment

A memorial to Breonna Taylor in downtown Louisville, Kentucky on Sept. 23. Photo: Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty Images

A grand jury has indicted Brett Hankison, one of the Louisville police officers who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March and shot her at least eight times, on three counts of wanton endangerment.

The state of play: None of the three officers involved in the botched drug raid will face charges related to the actual death of Taylor, such as homicide or manslaughter. Two officers were not charged at all. Hankison's bond was set at $15,000.

FDA chief vows agency will not accept political pressure on coronavirus vaccine

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn promised that "science will guide our decision" for a coronavirus vaccine at a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

Why it matters: More Americans are expressing doubt about a first-generation vaccine, despite President Trump's efforts to push an unrealistic timeline that conflicts with medical experts in his administration.

CEO confidence rises for the first time in over 2 years

Data: Business Roundtable; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

A closely-watched CEO economic confidence index rose for the first time after declining for nine straight quarters, according to a survey of 150 chief executives of the biggest U.S. companies by trade group Business Roundtable.

Why it matters: The index, which still remains at a decade low, reflects corporate America's expectations for sales, hiring and spending — which plummeted amid uncertainty when the pandemic hit.

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