House Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to kill the storyline about divisions between him and President Trump, insisting they're working together on the Obamacare replacement bill and that Trump is helping him "bridge gaps" among House Republicans. "The president of the United States has been the one who's been mediating this," Ryan said, calling Trump "unorthodox" but "very constructive" as he has negotiated with conservative Republicans and other holdouts. He also noted that Trump "likes closing deals."

"We are clearly in sync on this. We are working hand in glove on this."

Between the lines: It's Ryan's way of acknowledging that Trump has been pushing for more concessions than Ryan originally wanted to make, which has been the conservatives' main complaint. Ryan also said Republicans are "making great progress and great strides on getting a bill that can pass" — a subtle admission that they're not there yet.

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Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes.

  • A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."