State attorneys general are going after generic drug companies. Photo: Rick Bowmer / AP

Forty-six state attorneys general are expanding their lawsuit against generic pharmaceutical companies, alleging the firms colluded to jack up the prices of 15 generic drugs. Two top company executives — Mylan President Rajiv Malik (the No. 2 executive) and Emcure Pharmaceuticals CEO Satish Mehta — also were named as defendants.

Why it matters: States are not only bringing more generic companies into the suit, but also are levying allegations against top drug company executives. This goes to the top brass of the $75 billion generic drug market. And it's now the second time in a week, following the indictment of John Kapoor, that legal officials are going after pharmaceutical executives.

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Republican senators defend Fauci as Trump escalates attacks

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Several Republican senators defended Anthony Fauci after a string of attacks in recent days from President Trump, who has called the government's top infectious-disease expert "a disaster" and falsely claimed that he's a Democrat.

Why it matters: As polls indicate warning signs for both Trump and down-ballot Republicans, more GOP leaders are urging the president to stop downplaying the pandemic and to listen to advice from public health experts. Fauci is one of the most trusted voice in the country on coronavirus issues.

Senate to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation on Oct. 26

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Capitol on Oct. 20. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

The Senate will vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next Monday, Oct. 26, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday.

The big picture: The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote this Thursday to advance Barrett's nomination to the full Senate floor. Democrats have acknowledged that there's nothing procedurally they can do to stop Barrett's confirmation, which will take place just one week out from Election Day.

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