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Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price answered a lot of written questions from Finance Committee members after his hearing last week, and while you won't learn a lot about his stock dealings, you will learn more (in some cases) about issues he'd have to deal with at HHS. Here are some highlights from his answers:

  • The "gag order" for HHS employees is "standard" for a new administration and has a "clear and expedited process for adequate review" for how to communicate with members of Congress.
  • The Healthy Indiana Plan — written by Seema Verma, the likely next head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — "has long been and continues to be a national model for state-led Medicaid reforms."
  • Said the Trump administration's Obamacare replacement plan is "a work in progress."
  • Said he would defer to Congress on whether the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation should continue.
  • Said he supports the goals of new health care models like accountable care organizations "in general," but that their successes have been "modest to date."
  • Said only that "there likely will be overlap" between his goals on cancer research and the goals of former Vice President Joe Biden's "cancer moonshot" program.

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Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes. A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."