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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee has lambasted chairman Devin Nunes for revealing confidential information to the media and the president before presenting it to the committee. Describing Nunes' conduct as a "profound irregularity," Adam Schiff said in a statement that he'd expressed his "grave concerns with the chairman that a credible investigation cannot be conducted this way."

Why this matters: The intelligence committee is currently examining Russian interference in the election, including possible ties between Trump's team and Moscow. These unusual circumstances make it even more important that the committee operates in a bipartisan manner, as it historically has. Nunes' actions today raise serious concerns on that front.

One new nugget: Schiff says Nunes told him in their conversation late this afternoon that most of the names in the intercepted communications were masked, "but that he could still figure out the probable identity of the parties."

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Deadly Hurricane Zeta churns inland after lashing Louisiana

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Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a downed power line electrocuted a 55-year-old in Louisiana as the storm moved into Alabama overnight.

What's happening: After "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi, it was "racing north-northeastward," continuing "life-threatening surge and strong winds continue over southern Mississippi and southern Alabama" late Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

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Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

Go deeper: As Taiwan's profile rises, so does risk of conflict with China

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