Activists wearing orange prison jumpsuits rally against private prisons. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The newly revamped bipartisan prison reform bill, which would send around 4,000 prisoners home, makes it easier to earn time in house arrest or halfway homes, and provide hygiene products for incarcerated women, was passed by the House Judiciary Committee, with a vote of 25-5.

What's next: A vote on the House floor is expected soon. While this appears to be the most promising bill yet, there are still concerns from some lawmakers that it does not address harsh federal sentencing guidelines. Even if it passes the House, the real battle will be in the Senate.

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The childless vaccine

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It'll likely be a long time before children are vaccinated against COVID-19, even though vaccinating kids could eventually play an integral role in reducing the virus' spread.

The big picture: None of the leading contenders in the U.S. are being tested for their effectiveness in children. Even once one of them gains authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, there will only be a limited number of available doses.

Progressives bide time for a Biden victory

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Progressive Democrats want to beat President Trump so badly that they're tabling their apathy about Joe Biden — organizing hard to get him into office, only to fight him once elected.

Why it matters: That's a big difference from 2016, when progressives’ displeasure with Hillary Clinton depressed turnout and helped deliver the White House to Trump.

Election influence operations target journalists

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Foreign and domestic actors looking to influence the 2020 election are trying to trick real reporters into amplifying fake storylines. This tactic differs from 2016, when bad actors used fake accounts and bots to amplify disinformation to the population directly.

Why it matters: The new strategy, reminiscent of spy operations during the Cold War, is much harder for big tech platforms to police and prevent.

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