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More states are trying to fashion their own, better versions of daylight savings time — in part because the construct is linked to spikes in depression, disrupted sleep cycles and moderate increases in heart attacks.

Quick take: In last fall's midterms, Californians voted to implement a permanent year-round daylight savings time, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) reintroducing the Sunshine Protection Act on Wednesday to do the same thing on a national level. In New Hampshire, a bill recently passed in the State House aims to shift the state to the Atlantic time zone, which would enable a permanent shift into the 1-hour-ahead effect that daylight savings normally provides for them, per the New York Times.

The catch: California's proposal could only pass with an act of Congress, and New Hampshire's bill says it will only adopt the jump to Atlantic time if other New England states do the same. The Sunshine Protection Act would require a change in the federal statute in order to move forward.

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Scoop: Lawmakers tee up hearing with academics ahead of antitrust report

Big Tech CEOs testify before the House Judiciary antitrust panel in June. Photo: Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP via Getty Images.

Mostly academics will be testifying at Thursday's House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee hearing, which will reveal where its year-long investigation into big tech and competition is going, a source familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: The hearing is the next step following testimony from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Apple's Tim Cook before the committee in July. A showing of academics and think-tank types signals the lawmakers are still sorting out competition theories and possible legislative fixes to perceived antitrust abuses.

Biden releases 2019 tax returns ahead of debate

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Joe Biden's campaign released his 2019 tax returns on Tuesday, showing that he and his wife, Jill, paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes last year.

Why it matters: The release, timed just hours before the first presidential debate, comes days after a bombshell New York Times report said that President Trump paid only $750 in federal taxes in 2016 and 2017. Biden's team is hoping to make the tax contrast a sticking point during their showdown.

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