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Senate Republicans and Democrats are debating the GOP health care bill this week before the parliamentarian, who will then decide if certain provisions comply with budget rules. They'll debate Tuesday through Thursday, with her opinions expected before the bill goes to the floor next week, according to senior GOP aides.

Why this matters: One of the most controversial ideas out there — Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee's proposal to let insurers offer some plans that don't comply with Affordable Care Act insurance regulations — may not even comply with the rules. That'd make it subject to a 60-vote threshold, which it certainly wouldn't meet. "What she thinks could end up changing the contents of any bill, and that is a big deal," said a senior GOP aide.

Also at risk are the pro-life provisions in the health care bill, which keep tax credits and the insurer stabilization fund from being used for abortions.

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Chris Wallace reflects on debate: "I’ve never been through anything like this"

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Fox News host Chris Wallace called Tuesday night's presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden "a missed opportunity" in an interview with the New York Times Wednesday.

Why it matters: Much of the national discussion after the hectic debate has centered on whether Wallace failed to control the candidates, especially President Trump, whose interruptions set the tone for the night. "I never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did," Wallace told the Times Wednesday.

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Tim Scott says Trump "misspoke" when he told Proud Boys to "stand by"

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told reporters on Wednesday that he believes President Trump "misspoke" when he told the far-right "Proud Boys" group to "stand back and stand by" in response to a question about condemning white supremacy at the first presidential debate.

Catch up quick: Moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump on Tuesday, "Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down?" Trump asked who specifically he should condemn, and then responded, "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left."

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Commission on Presidential Debates wants changes

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The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that it plans to implement changes to rules for the remaining debates, after Tuesday night's head-to-head between Joe Biden and Donald Trump was practically incoherent for most of the night.

What they are saying: "Last night's debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues," the CPD said in a statement.

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