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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) have both called for additional questioning and more information about E. Jean Carroll's recent rape accusation against President Trump, CNN reports.

The big picture: This separates the senators from the majority of the GOP — which has largely stayed silent in response to the accusation, per Politico. Meanwhile, many have taken strong stances of support for Trump.

What they're saying:

  • "It's a very serious allegation," Romney said, according to CNN. "I hope that it is fully evaluated. The President said it didn't happen and I certainly hope that's the case."
  • "I think anybody that makes an accusation like that, they should come forward," Ernst reportedly told CNN when asked if Carroll should be believed. "But obviously there has to be some additional information. They need to interview her. They need to visit with him."

The other side: Other GOP members, like Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), called the alleged acts "unacceptable, deplorable behavior," according to CNN, but added that because "the President is denying them, I can't comment on them because I don't know what the truth is."

Flashback: Many GOP leaders took a hard line against Trump during the height of the "Access Hollywood" tape fallout, which occurred before his presidency. Vice President Mike Pence even went so far as to say he was "offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump” in the 2005 video, per the New York Times.

Go deeper: Trump says he didn't rape author E. Jean Carroll: "She's not my type"

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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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Coronavirus dashboard

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2:15 p.m. ET: 7,165,067 — Total deaths: 205,476 — 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. States: NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June.
  5. Sports: Tennessee Titans close facility amid NFL's first coronavirus outbreak.
  6. World: U.K. beats previous record for new coronavirus cases.

NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June

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New York City's coronavirus positivity rate has ticked up to 3.25%, its highest since June, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The jump — from 1.93% on Monday — came on the first day that public elementary classrooms reopened in the city after months of closures, but guidelines state that all public schools will have to shut if the citywide seven-day positivity rate stays above 3%.