Sen. John Barrasso is pushing to expand short term plans. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Conservatives in Congress are looking to build on some of the Trump administration's executive actions on health care.

  • Sen. John Barrasso, a member of GOP leadership and often the caucus's unofficial health care messenger, will introduce a bill today to let consumers renew bare-bones short-term health plans.
  • House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said he hasn't been working with Barrasso, but he's supportive.

Why this matters: The White House has expressed interest in legislation to codify and enhance its regulatory efforts on short-term plans. Politico reported last night that it's one of the conservative policies the administration is pushing in return for stabilizing the Affordable Care Act's insurance markets. This will certainly complicate bipartisan negotiations.

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  1. Politics: Americans feel Trump's sickness makes him harder to trustFlorida breaks record for in-person early voting — McConnell urges White House not to strike stimulus deal before election — Republican senators defend Fauci as Trump escalates attacks.
  2. Health: The next wave is gaining steam.
  3. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots — University of Michigan students ordered to shelter-in-place.
  4. World: Ireland moving back into lockdown — Argentina becomes 5th country to report 1 million infections.

Biden enters final stretch with huge cash advantage over Trump

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had $177.3 million in the bank at the end of September, per the latest Federal Election Commission filings.

Why it matters: President Trump's re-election campaign reported having $63.1 million in the bank at the end of last month.

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Court allows North Carolina mail-in ballots deadline extension

An absentee ballot election worker stuffs ballot applications at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections office in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

North Carolina can accept absentee ballots that are postmarked Nov. 3 on Election Day until Nov. 12, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday in a 12-3 majority ruling.

Why it matters: The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling against state and national Republican leaders settles a lawsuit brought by a group representing retirees, and it could see scores of additional votes counted in the key battleground state.