A draft rule being written by the Trump administration would let any employer apply for a moral or religious exemption to the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage rule, according to Vox, which obtained a copy of the proposal.

Why it matters: The contraception coverage rule, which requires private health plans to cover FDA-approved methods of birth control without any out-of-pocket costs for the customers, was one of the most controversial ACA regulations put out by the Obama administration. It has broad public support, but it got a lot of pushback from religious employers, as the Kaiser Family Foundation explains here.

The bottom line if the draft rule goes into effect, according to legal expert Timothy Jost: "If you don't want to provide it, you don't have to provide it."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10:30 a.m. ET: 33,417,386 — Total deaths: 1,002,864 — Total recoveries: 23,193,238Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10:30 a.m. ET: 7,150,824 — Total deaths: 205,107 — Total recoveries: 2,794,608 — Total tests: 102,342,416Map.
  3. Health: Americans won't take Trump's word on the vaccine, Axios-Ipsos poll finds.
  4. Media: Fauci: Some of what Fox News reports about COVID-19 is "outlandish"
  5. States: Cuomo extends New York moratorium on evictions until 2021.
  6. World: More than 1 million people have now died from coronavirus — India the second country after U.S. to hit 6 million cases.

Media prepares to fact check debates in real time

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From live blogs to video chyrons and tweets, media companies are introducing new ways to fact check the presidential debates in real time this year.

Between the lines: The debates themselves are likely to leave less room for live fact-checking from moderators than a traditional news interview would.