A Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center on May 31, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Michael Thomas/Getty Images

Planned Parenthood clinics in the Northwest and Midwest are trying to stay afloat financially after withdrawing this week from the federal family planning program known as Title X, the AP reports.

What's happening: Utah and Minnesota clinics — which serve all or nearly all of their state's Title X patients — are considering charging copays or fees to patients who used to get free services like STD testing or cancer screening. Southern Idaho expects to be hit hard by the lack of federal funds, while health care providers worry about taking on the state's approximately 1,000 low-income women now potentially without care.

  • There will reportedly be little impact in the Deep South, since "Planned Parenthood did not provide Title X services in most of the region’s states," per the AP.
  • Illinois, Hawaii, Vermont and New York are among the Democratically controlled states aiming to make up for some of the lost federal funding.

Background: Planned Parenthood left Title X to avoid complying with the Trump administration's "gag rule," which bars groups that offer abortions or abortion referrals from receiving federal funding.

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How "naked ballots" could upend mail-in voting in Pennsylvania

Trump signs in Olyphant, Penn. Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered state officials last week to throw out mail-in ballots submitted without a required inner "secrecy" envelope in November's election, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The state of play: The decision went under the radar alongside the simultaneous decision to extend the time that mail-in ballots could be counted, but Philadelphia's top elections official warned state legislators this week that throwing out so-called "naked ballots" could bring "electoral chaos" to the state and cause "tens of thousands of votes" to be thrown out — potentially tipping the presidential election.

Commission releases topics for first presidential debate

Moderator Chris Wallace. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has selected what topics he'll cover while moderating the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden next week.

What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday. Each topic will receive 15 minutes of conversation and will be presented in no particular order.

Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Fed Chair Jay Powell bump elbows before House hearing on Tuesday. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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