David Plouffe, an Uber board member and former executive, has been fined $90,000 by the Chicago Board of Ethics for illegally lobbying Mayor Rahm Emanuel, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The board voted 5-0 in funding that the former Obama campaign manager violated the law when he did not register as a lobbyist after talking to the mayor about helping Uber with airport regulations.

The communication was revealed in December when Emmanuel, under pressure from two lawsuits over open records, released emails from his personal account.

Why it matters: Uber has long been criticized for its approach to regulations, often flouting rules and aggressively pushing its agenda.

Update: "We work hard to ensure our registrations are accurate and up to date. We regret that in this instance we made a mistake and we will comply with the board's assessment," Uber responds

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

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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

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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

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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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