Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Dec. 12. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Trump administration announced yesterday a new proposal aimed at making more organs available for transplant and holding organ procurement organizations accountable, part of its plan to tackle kidney disease.

Why it matters: Thousands more organs could become available each year under the proposal, which would help reduce the list of people waiting for organ donations.

  • There are 113,000 people on these wait lists, and 20 of them die every day, per HHS.

Under the proposed new rules, organ procurement organizations would receive new performance standards. If these were in place today, 37 of America's 58 organizations would be out of compliance, according to Organize, a patient advocacy group.

  • The proposal also increases financial incentives for living organ donors.

Go deeper: Pigs are the next organ donors

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Chris Christie: Wear a mask "or you may regret it — as I did" — Senate Democrats block vote on McConnell's targeted relief bill.
  2. Business: New state unemployment filings fall.
  3. Economy: Why the stimulus delay isn't a crisis (yet).
  4. Health: FDA approves Gilead's remdesivir as a coronavirus treatment How the pandemic might endMany U.S. deaths were avoidable.
  5. Education: Boston and Chicago send students back home for online learning.
  6. World: Spain and France exceed 1 million cases.

Early voting eclipses 2016 total with 12 days until election

People stand in line to vote early in Fairfax, Virginia in September. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Americans have cast more than 47.1 million ballots in the 2020 presidential election, surpassing the total early-vote count for 2016 with 12 days left until Election Day, according to a Washington Post analysis of voting data.

Why it matters: The election is already underway, as many states have expanded early and mail-in voting options because of the coronavirus pandemic.

What to expect from the final debate of the 2020 election

Trump and Biden at the first debate. Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Image

Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as “the big guy” or “the chairman” at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails. Hunter's former business partner Tony Bobulinski is expected to be a Trump debate guest.

The big picture: Trump's advisers universally view the first debate as a catastrophe — evidenced by a sharp plunge in Trump’s public and (more convincingly for them) private polling immediately following the debate.

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