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Paul says it’s not a perfect tax bill, but it has changed for the better. Photo: AP file

Sen. Rand Paul is one Republican the GOP leadership and the White House won’t have to worry about when the Senate votes on the tax bill later this week. "I'm not getting everything I want — far from it,” Paul wrote in an opinion piece for Fox News. “[But] I've fought for and received major changes for the better — and I plan to vote for this bill as it stands right now.”

Why this matters: The piece shows a pragmatic side to Paul that many in leadership and the administration have been hoping for. Paul was never on the list of senators that Republican leaders were most worried about. But, as a source close to leadership told me on the weekend: "You never know with Rand.”

What he meant by that is that Paul has voted against the president on major items this year, including the attempt to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act.

Behind the scenes: Even though Paul has stymied parts of the GOP agenda, President Trump regards him as one of his closest friends in the Senate. They talk regularly by the phone and golf together. Trump has always insisted to sometimes skeptical associates that "Rand will be with us" on tax cuts.

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Broncos and 49ers the latest NFL teams impacted by coronavirus crisis

From left, Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel during an August training session at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the NFL season into chaos, with the Denver Broncos' quarterbacks sidelined, the San Francisco 49ers left without a home or practice ground and much of the Baltimore Ravens team unavailable, per AP.

Driving the news: The Broncos confirmed in a statement Saturday night that quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were identified as "high-risk COVID-19 close contacts" and will follow the NFL's mandatory five-day quarantine, making them ineligible for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.