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Senate Finance Committee Democrats blocked a scheduled confirmation vote on Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price this morning, refusing to enter the hearing room until they get answers to their questions about Price's stock purchase in an Australian biotechnology company. Committee rules require at least one member of the minority to be present to hold a vote.

"At a minimum, I believe the committee should postpone this vote" and have an opportunity to talk to officials at the biotech company, Sen. Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the committee, told reporters. He said they'll be willing to move forward on Price and Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin only after their questions are answered — especially on Price, whom Wyden suggested hasn't been "straight" with the committee.

Democrats became furious after the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Price got a privileged offer to buy stocks in Innate Immunotherapeutics at a discount, which is not what he testified at his confirmation hearings.

Republicans angrily condemned the move. Chairman Orrin Hatch called it "beneath the dignity of this body," saying that while Democrats might not like the nominees, the appropriate response is to vote no.

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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."